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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 Probate Records, Town Records Court Records, Census, Vital Records
Age Census, Cemeteries,Vital Records Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Emigration and Immigration
Birth date Vital Records, Cemeteries, Church Records Town Records, Military Records, Biography, Bible Records
Birth place Vital Records, Church Records Census, Military Records, Town Records
Boundaries and origins Maps, Gazetteers History, Societies
Children Census, Probate Records, Vital Records, Genealogy Town Records, Church Records, Land and Property, Bible Records
City or parish of foreign birth Vital Records, Biography Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records
Country of foreign birth Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Vital Records Biography, Military Records, Minorities, Emigration and Immigration
Death information Vital Records, Cemeteries, Church Records, Town Records Probate Records, Newspapers, Bible Records
Divorce Town Records, Vital Records, Court Records Newspapers, Census
Ethnic background Native Races, Minorities, Emigration and Immigration Census, Naturalization and Citizenship,Church Records
Historical background History, Periodicals, Gazetteers Maps, Land and Property, Church Records
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Maps, Biography, Minorities, Court Records
Living relatives Probate Records, Directories, Town Records, Census Biography, Newspapers,Land and Property
Maiden name Vital Records, Probate Records, Church Records Town Records, Military Records, Bible Records
Marriage information Vital Records, Census,Church Records, Town Records Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship,Bible Records, Probate Records, Newspapers
Naturalization Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Court Records Land and Property, Biography, Military Records
Occupations Census, Directories, Town Records Biography, History
Other family members Census, Probate Records, Town Records Vital Records, Church Records, Bible Records
Parents Vital Records,Census, Church Records, Town Records Probate Records, Biography, Genealogy, Bible Records
Physical description Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship Biography
Place-finding aids Maps, Gazetteers, History Archives and Libraries, Societies
Places of residence Census,Military Records, Town Records, Taxation, Directories 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, Directories, Bible Records
Previous research Genealogy, Biography, Societies Periodicals, History, Archives and Libraries
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Periodicals, Church Records Societies, For Further Reading
Religion Church Records, Vital Records Biography,History, Cemeteries
Social activities Societies, Biography Cemeteries, Directories, Town Records