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United States  Gotoarrow-kelly.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow-kelly.png  Record Selection Table

This record selection table was created before the year 2000 with the intent of guiding research according to record availability for the specific locality at the time.

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 Family History Library 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.

1. If you need: 2. Look first in: 3. Then search:
Adoptions Court Records, Vital Records Probate Records, Census, Obituaries
Age Census, Cemeteries, Obituaries Vital Records, Military Records, Bible Records
Birth date Vital Records, Obituaries, Cemeteries Church Records, Bible Records, Military Records
Birthplace Vital Records, Church Records, Obituaries Census, Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship
Boundaries and origins Maps, Gazetteers History
Children Census, Probate Records, Obituaries Vital Records, Church Records
City or parish of foreign birth Vital Records, Obituaries, Biography History, Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records
Country of foreign birth Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Vital Records Biography, Minorities, Obituaries
Death information Vital Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries Probate Records, Church Records, Bible Records
Divorce Divorce Records, Vital Records, Court Records Newspapers, Census
Emigration information Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Biography, History, Obituaries
Ethnic background Native Races, Minorities, Emigration and Immigration Census, Obituaries, Naturalization and Citizenship
Historical background History, Periodicals, Gazetteers Maps, Church Records
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Obituaries, Biography, History
Living relatives Obituaries, Probate Records, Directories Court Records
Maiden name Vital Records, Church Records Probate Records, Military Records, Obituaries
Marriage information Vital Records, Bible Records Obituaries, Probate Records, Military Records
Migration information Emigration and Immigration, Census, Biography History, Land and Property, Maps
Naturalization Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Court Records Voting Registers, Biography, Periodicals
Occupations Census, Directories, Obituaries Land and Property, Biography, History, Probate Records
Other family members Census, Obituaries, Probate Records Vital Records, Church Records
Parents Vital Records, Obituaries, Census Church Records, Biography
Physical description Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Emigration and Immigration Biography, History
Place-finding aids Maps, Gazetteers, History Periodicals, Archives and Libraries
Places of residence Census, Military Records, Obituaries, Vital Records, Church Records Land and Property, Taxation, Voting Registers
Place of residence when you know only the state Census, Vital Records, Military Records Land and Property, Obituaries, History
Previous research Genealogy, Biography, Periodicals Societies, History, Archives and Libraries
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Periodicals Societies, Genealogy, For Further Reading
Religion Church Records, Vital Records, Obituaries Biography, History, Cemeteries
Social activities Societies, Obituaries, Biography Newspapers, History, Cemeteries

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