Tennessee Record Selection Table

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Revision as of 16:21, 30 July 2009

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 this outline 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 Family History Library Catalog. Some records are not at the library.


Note: Records of previous researchg (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, Vital Records, Guardianship Probate Records, Church Records, Census
Age Census, Cemeteries, Obituaries, Vital Records Naturalization and Citizenship, Military Records, Church Records, Bible Records
Birth date Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries, Cemeteries Church Records, Bible Records, Census, Military Records
Birth place Vital Records, Church Records, Newspapers, Obituaries Census, Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Cemeteries
Children Census, Probate Records, Newspapers, Obituaries Vital Records, Guardianship, Church Records, Bible Records
City or parish of foreign birth Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries, Biography History, Naturalization and Citizenship, Emigration and Immigration, Military Records
County boundaries and origins Maps, Gazetteers History
Country of foreign birth Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Vital Records, Newspapers Biography, History, Obituaries Emigration and Immigration
Death information Vital Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries, Probate Records Military Records, Church Records, Bible Records, Land and Property
Divorce Divorce Records, Vital Records, Court Records, Newspapers Census, Obituaries
Emigration Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Newspapers Biography, History, Minorities, Societies
Ethnic background Native Races, Minorities, Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship Societies, Church Records, Periodicals, Census
Historical background History, Periodicals, Gazetteers Maps, Land and Property
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Court Records, Biography, History
Living relatives Newspapers, Obituaries, Probate Records, Directories Court Records, Census
Maiden name Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries, Probate Records Church Records, Military Records, Cemeteries
Marriage information Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries, Census Probate Records, Church Records, Military Records
Migration Information Emigration and Immigration, Maps, Census, Biography History, Land and Property, Military Records, Minorities
Naturalization Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Court Records, Biography, History
Occupations Occupations, Census, Directories Newspapers, Obituaries, Biography, History, Emigration and Immigration
Other family members Census, Newspapers, Obituaries, Probate Records Vital Records, Church Records, Bible Records
Parents Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries, Census Probate Records, Church Records, Societies
Physical description Military Records, Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship Biography, History
Place-finding aids Maps, Gazetteers, History Periodicals, Archives and Libraries
Places of previous residence Census, Military Records, Newspapers, Obituaries Land and Property, Naturalization and Citizenship, Emigration and Immigration, Public Records
Place of residence when you know only the state Census, Vital Records, Military Records Naturalization and Citizenship
Previous Research Genealogy, Biography, Periodicals, Societies History, Archives and Libraries
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Church Records, Periodicals Societies, For Further Reading
Religion Church Records, Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries, Biography History, Cemeteries, Directories
Social activities Societies, Newspapers, Obituaries, Biography History, Cemeteries, Directories