Let's face it. Sometimes the index does not work and a manual search of the census is necessary. Some names are impossible to read or simply get transcribed in such a way that wildcard and soundex searches are not effective. This was the case with my search Panagiotis Verikios in Chicago--the index just did not locate him. The details of the search , Panning For Panagiotis can be found on our site.
I'm a genealogy researcher, writer and speaker who is still looking for the answer to several family history questions.
I also give family history seminars and lectures on a variety of genealogy topics.