The federal census has been taken every 10 years since 1790, and is very helpful in genealogical research. (Although sometimes they create more questions than they answer!) Probably the easiest place to search census records online is Ancestry.com or HeritageQuest.com (both paid services), but you can also search for free the non-digitized census microfilms at the National Archives in Washington, DC or one of the regional facilities, or at the State Archives. The LDS Family History Centers around the country can obtain the rolls via interlibrary loan from the National Archives as well. Your local library may be able to get them too. You may also find the records you are looking for as part of the USGenWeb Census Project: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~census/states.htm
So I managed to locate several federal census records for my great great grandfather. The 1920 census shows John Slowey and wife Theresa, ages 58 and 54 respectively, still living with two sons, Clarence and Clement (ages 17 and 15 respectively) in Mayfield Township, Yankton Co., South Dakota as of January 10, 11, and 12, 1920. It shows that John is a grain farmer and son Clarence is a farm laborer (likely working for dad). John was born in Wisconsin and Theresa was born in Missouri (aha! more info on Theresa!). Both boys were born in South Dakota. We also know from this census that John’s and Theresa’s parents were born in Ireland. Another clue!
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