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Records Selection Table

This table can help you decide which records to search. In Column 1, find the search tactic you selected. In Column 2, find the record types that are most likely to have the information you need. Then turn to that record type in this section. Additional records that may be useful are in Column 3. The terms used in both Columns 2 and 3 are the same as the record headings used in this portal and the subject headings used in the FamilySearch Catalog.

1. Search Tactic...

2. Look First In...

3. Then Search...

1. Survey general previous research

Genealogy, Societies


2. Search nationwide records

Civil Registration, Census, Church Records, Names, Personal

Taxation, Directories, Periodicals

3. Search departure records

Emigration and Immigration, Population

History, Newspapers, Court Records, Military Records

4. Localize the surname

Names Personal, Directories, Societies

Civil Registration, Census, Periodicals

5. Search regional records

Church Records, Civil Registration, Genealogy, History, Societies, Periodicals, Court Records

Directories, Census, Newspapers, Taxation, Military Records, Land and Property

6. Search local records

Church Records, Civil Registration, History, Census

Genealogy, Periodicals, Societies, Newspapers, Probate Records, Taxation, Court Records, Population, Land and Property