Do you always determine if the database you are using at FamilySearch (or any other site) is complete? As of the time of this posting, the 1860 Alabama census index at FamilySearch is showing as 96% complete.
4% matters--find out before you assume your people "aren't there." There are databases that are still in progress. Assuming everything online is "done" may be part of your problem.
Post originally written at 8:34 am, central time on 11 December 2013.