District of Columbia Record Finder

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This table can help you decide which records to search. It is most helpful for post-1800 research in the United States.

  1. In column 1, find the goal you selected.
  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.

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.

1. If You Need  2. Look First In 3. Then Search
Age Census, Vital Records, Cemeteries Military Records, Taxation
Birth date Vital Records, Church Records, Bible Records Cemeteries, Obituaries, Census
Birthplace Vital Records, Church Records, Census Newspapers, Obituaries
City or parish of foreign birth Vital Records, Church Records, Naturalization and Citizenship Obituaries, Emigration and Immigration
Country of foreign birth Census, Death Records, Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Military Records, Church Records, Newspapers, Obituaries
Death Death Records, Cemeteries, Probate Records, Church Records, Obituaries Newspapers, Bible Records, Military Records,
Ethnicity African Americans, Indigenous Peoples of North America, Societies Church Records, Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Periodicals
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Newspapers, Biography
Living relatives (and adoptions) Genealogies, Directories, Court Records, Obituaries, Adoptions Census, Biography, Church Records, Probate Records
Maiden name Vital Records, Church Records, Newspapers, Obituaries Cemeteries, Military Records, Probate Records, Bible Records
Marriage Marriage Records, Church Records, Census, Newspapers Cemeteries, Military Records, Probate Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Land and Property, Bible Records
Occupation Census, Directories, Emigration and Immigration Newspapers, Court Records, Biography
Parents, children, and other family members Census, Vital Records, Church Records, Probate Records, Obituaries, Newspapers, Emigration and Immigration, Genealogies, Bible Records
Physical description Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship Vital Records, Emigration and Immigration, Biography
Places family has lived Census, Land and Property, Directories, Taxation History, Military Records, , Obituaries
Previous research (compiled genealogy) Genealogies, Periodicals, Societies History, Biography
Religion Church Records, Biography Bible Records, Cemeteries, Genealogies