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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. 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.
  5. If you do not find the desired information see the United States Record Finder for more suggestions.

Note: Records of previous research (such as Genealogy, Biography, History, Periodicals, and Societies) are useful for most goals but are not listed unless they are especially helpful.

1. If you need 2. Look first in 3. Then search
Adoptions Court Records, Town Records Probate Records, Census, Obituaries
Age Census, Cemeteries, Obituaries Vital Records, Military Records, Bible Records
Birth date Vital Records, Obituaries, Cemeteries Church Records, Bible Records, Military Records (pension)
Birth place Vital Records, Church Records, Obituaries Census, Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship
Boundaries and origins Maps, Gazetteers History
Children Census, Probate Records, Obituaries Vital Records, Church Records
City or parish of foreign birth Vital Records, Obituaries, Biography History, Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records
Country of foreign birth Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Vital Records Biography, Minorities, Obituaries
Death information Vital Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries Probate Records, Church Records, Bible Records
Divorce Vital Records, Court Records Newspapers, Census
Ethnic background Native Races, Minorities, Emigration and Immigration Census, Obituaries, Naturalization and Citizenship
Historical background History, Periodicals Gazetteers, Maps
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Obituaries, Biography, History
Living relatives Obituaries, Probate Records Directories, Court Records
Maiden name Vital Records, Obituaries, Probate Records Church Records, Military Records (pension)
Marriage information Vital Records, Obituaries, Bible Records Church Records, Probate Records, Military Records
Migration information Emigration and Immigration, Maps, Census Biography, History, Land and Property
Naturalization Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Court Records Voting Registers, Biography, Periodicals
Occupations Census, Directories, Land and Property Obituaries, Biography, History
Other family members Census, Obituaries, Probate Records Vital Records, Church Records, Genealogy
Parents Vital Records, Obituaries, Census, Church Records Biography, Genealogy, Minorities, Occupations
Physical description Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship (after 1906) Biography, History
Place-finding aids Maps, Gazetteers, History Periodicals, Archives and Libraries
Places of residence Census, Military Records, Obituaries, Minorities, Occupations, Public Records Land and Property, Taxation, Emigration and Immigration
Place of residence when you know only the state Census, Vital Records, Military Records Obituaries, History, Land and Property
Previous research Genealogy, Biography, Periodicals Societies, History, Archives and Libraries
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Periodicals Societies, Genealogy
Religion Church Records, Vital Records, Obituaries Biography, History, Cemeteries
Social activities Societies, Obituaries, Biography Newspapers, History, Cemeteries