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Dear Mr. Droke,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1880 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information about a Samuel Brim, age 4, listed in Elco, Alexander, Illinois (see below). For more information about the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at email@example.com.
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We suggest that you contact the Tennessee Library and Archives (for Illinois, please contact the County Clerk where the event occurred) to request a search for birth, marriage or death records. You may wish to note any name variants or broaden your search for the surrounding years or states. In addition, we suggest that you review NARA’s Resources for Genealogists, as well as the History Hub Blog titled Suggestions and Advice for Family History Researchers. The FamilySearch Research wiki for Tennessee and Illinois may be helpful.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!