I have a TON of information on my father's father's father (my great grandfather) but I don't know anything about his parents except that HIS father was from Germany. I thought I could get their names by looking through census records from when my great grandfather was a child and a member of their household. With the amount of info I know, I thought it'd be fairly easy to narrow down.
This is what I know about him:
His first middle and last name
His exact date of birth, date of marriage, and date of death
The exact TOWN that he was born in
That he was the first of four children
I figured if he was born in 1894, he'd show up on census records for 1900, 1910, and 1920, but I haven't found him on ANY of them.
Does anyone have any idea why he might be missing from the records for the first 26 years of his life? Where else could I look to get his parents names with this info?