You can search census-online.com for links to census records from many years, if you know what state & county he lived in or close to. I found an EXCELLENT site that is a pay site, however, footnote.com. I think it's only 8.00 for a month, but they have records from the National Archives, and military records as far back as the Revolution. I found alot of interesting things there recently. Also, check with your public library. Alot of them have access to the pay genealogy sites for their patrons. Then there's always family search.org which is sponsored by the LDS church. They have history centers throughout the country, with an enormous amount of records available. Also check with your state & see if they have any resources available at their capitol. I live in AR and we have a heritage center with microfilm records available, however, with gas nearing 4.00 per gallon, might be cheaper to pay for ancestry! Good Luck in your search!
Family genealogist/bargain hunter x 15 years