There are many inflation tracking websites but I wanted more specific information and found an interesting website I want to share.
This site lets you put in a date and then either choose the quick page or custom page to build a sheet of events and prices for the date you picked. This allows you to put your ancestors in context and keep things in perspective. (It's also a bit shocking)
This website is for US or UK prices and events and here is a sample of what it showed me with the quick page for my grandmother. There is a lot more information but it would not be readable here, if I included it. I tried dates as early as 1800 and there was data.
So, as you peruse those census records or think about the lives of those that went before, add some context to their lives with a time capsule entry or two.