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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 Records Selection Table in the United States Research Page for more suggestions. Note: Records of previous research (under these headings: 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:

Court Records, Vital Records

Probate Records, Census
Age Census, Cemeteries, Vital Records Military Records, Bible Records, Schools
Birth date Vital Records, Cemeteries, Church Records Bible Records, Military Records (pensions)
Birth place Vital Records, Church Records Census, Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship
Boundaries and origins Maps, Gazetteers History
Children Census, Probate Records, Schools Vital Records, Church Records
City or parish of foreign birth Vital Records, biography History, Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records
Country of foreign birth Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Vital Records Biography, Minorities, Voting Registers
Death information Vital Records, Cemeteries, Newspapers Probate Records,Church Records, Bible Records, Societies
Divorce Divorce Records, Vital Records Court Records, Newspapers, Census
Ethnic background Native Races, Minorities, Emigration and Immigration Census, Naturalization and Citizenship
Historical background History, Periodicals, Societies Gazetteers, Maps, Newspapers
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Biography, History
Living relatives Probate Records, Directories Court Records, Biography, Newspapers
Maiden name Vital Records, biography Church Records, Military Records (pensions)
Marriage information Vital Records, Census,Church Records, Probate Records Citizenship, Bible Records, Newspapers
Naturalization Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Court Records Land and Property, Voting Registers, Biography, Periodicals
Occupations Census, Directories Biography, History, Public Records
Other family members Census,Probate Records, Bible Records Vital Records, Church Records, Orphans and Orphanages
Parents Vital Records, Census, Church Records, Bible Records Biography, Schools, Orphans and Orphanages
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, Taxation, Naturalization and Citizenship Land and Property, Emigration and Immigration, Public Records
Place of residence when you know only the state Census, Vital Records, Military Records Biography, History
Previous research Genealogy, Biography, Periodicals Societies, History,Archives and Libraries
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries,Periodicals Societies, Genealogy
Religion Church Records, Vital Records Biography, History, Cemeteries
Social activities Societies, Biography History, Cemeteries, Directories