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This table can help you decide which records to search. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.

  1. In column 1 select a research goal.
  2. In column 2 find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.
  3. In column 3 find additional record types that may be useful.
  4. Then look in the section of this article that corresponds to the record type you chose. It explains what the records might tell you, how to search them, and how to find the records in the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog. Some records are not at the library.

Note: Records of previous research (genealogies, biographies, histories, periodicals, and societies) are useful for most goals but are not listed unless they are especially helpful.

What you are looking for: Try these records first: Other useful records:
Adoptions Court Records, Vital Records, Guardianship Probate Records, Church Records, Census
Age Census, Cemeteries, Obituaries, Vital Records, Military Records Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records, Bible Records
Birth date Vital Records, Obituaries, Cemeteries Church Records, Bible Records, Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship
Birth place Vital Records, Church Records, Obituaries, Census Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Cemeteries
Boundaries and origins Maps, Gazetteers History
Children Census, Probate Records, Obituaries,Vital Records, Guardianship Church Records, Bible Records, Court Records, Land and Property
City or parish of foreign birth Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries, Biography Naturalization and Citizenship, Emigration and Immigration, Military Records
Country of foreign birth Census,Naturalization and Citizenship, Vital Records, Obituaries Biography, History, Emigration and Immigration, Military Records
Death information Vital Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries, Probate Records, Funeral Homes Military Records, Church Records, Bible Records, Land and Property, Tax Records
Divorce Divorce Records, Vital Records, Court Records, Newspapers Census, Obituaries
Emigration Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Obituaries Biography, History, Minorities, Societies
Ethnic background Native Races, Minorities, Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship Societies, Church Records, Periodicals, Census
Historical background History, Periodicals, Gazetteers Maps, Land and Property
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Court Records, Biography, History
Living relatives Newspapers, Obituaries,Probate Records, Directories Court Records, Census, Funeral Homes
Maiden name Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries, Probate Records Church Records, Military Records, Funeral Homes, Cemeteries
Marriage information Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries, Census, Church Records Probate Records, Military Records, Divorce Records, Naturalization and Citizenship
Migration Emigration and Immigration, Maps, Census, Biography History, Land and Property, Military Records, Minorities
Naturalization Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Voting Registers Court Records, Biography, History
Occupations Occupations, Census, Directories Newspapers, Obituaries, Biography, Emigration and Immigration
Other family members Census, Newspapers, Obituaries, Probate Records Vital Records,Church Records, Bible Records, Funeral Homes
Parents Vital Records, Obituaries, Census, Guardianship Probate Records, Funeral Homes, Church Records, Bible Records
Physical description Military Records, Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship Biography, History
Place-finding aids Maps, Gazetteers, History Periodicals, Archives and Libraries
Places of residence Census, Military Records, Obituaries, Biography Land and Property,Naturalization and Citizenship, Public Records
Place of residence when you know only the state Census, Vital Records, Military Records Naturalization and Citizenship, Taxation
Previous research Genealogy, Biography, Periodicals, Societies History, Archives and Libraries
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Church Records, Periodicals Societies, For Further Reading
Religion Church Records, Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries, Biography History, Cemeteries, Funeral Homes
Social activities Societies, Newspapers, Obituaries, Biography History, Cemeteries, Directories