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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 find the category closest to your 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. Look in the section of these Wiki pages 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 Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog. Some records are not at the library.

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