Illinois Record Selection Table

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This table can help you decide which records to search. <br><br>It is most helpful for post-1850 research. <br><br>1. In column 1, select a research goal. <br>2. In column 2, find the types of records most likely to have the information you need. <br>3. In column 3, find additional record types that may be useful. <br>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 Family History Library Catalog using the Locality Search. Some records are not at the library. <br>5. If you do not find the desired information, see the [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/United_States_Record_Selection_Table United States Records Selection Table] for more suggestions. <br>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.<br>
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This table can help you decide which records to search. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.
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#In column 1, select a research goal.
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#In column 2, find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.
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#In column 3, find additional record types that may be useful.
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#Look in the section of this article 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 [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] using the ''Place-name Search''. Some records are not at the library.
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#If you do not find the desired information, see [[Illinois Search Strategies|Illinois Search Strategies]] for more suggestions.
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: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.<br><br>
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| Adoptions  
 
| Adoptions  
| Court Records, Vital Records  
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| [[Illinois Court Records|Court Records]], [[Illinois Vital Records|Vital Records]]
| Probate Records, Census
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| [[Illinois Census|Census]], [[Illinois Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
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| Age  
 
| Age  
| Census, Cemeteries, Obituaries  
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| [[Illinois Census|Census]], [[Illinois Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]]
| Vital Records, Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship
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| [[Illinois Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[Illinois Military Records|Military Records]], [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
 
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| Birth date  
 
| Birth date  
| Vital Records, Obituaries, Cemeteries  
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| [[Illinois Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Social Security Death Index]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Illinois Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
| Church Records, Military Records, Biography
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| [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]], [[Illinois Military Records|Military Records]], [[Illinois Biography|Biography]]
 
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| Birth place  
 
| Birth place  
| Vital Records, Church Records, Obituaries  
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| [[Illinois Census|Census]], [[Illinois Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]]
| Census, Military Records, Funeral Homes
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| [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]], [[Illinois Military Records|Military Records]], [[Illinois Funeral Homes|Funeral Homes]]
 
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| Boundaries and origins  
 
| Boundaries and origins  
| Maps, Gazetteers  
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| [[Illinois Maps|Maps]], [[Illinois Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
| History, Societies
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| [[Illinois History|History]], [[Illinois Societies|Societies]]
 
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| Children  
 
| Children  
| Census, Probate Records, Obituaries, Genealogy  
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| [[Illinois Census|Census]], [[Illinois Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Illinois Genealogy|Genealogy]]
| Vital Records, Church Records, Land and Property
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| [[Illinois Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]], [[Illinois Land and Property|Land and Property]]
 
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| City or parish of foreign birth  
 
| City or parish of foreign birth  
| Vital Records, Obituaries, Biography  
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| [[Illinois Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Illinois Biography|Biography]]
| Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records, Funeral Homes
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| [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]], [[Illinois Funeral Homes|Funeral Homes]]
 
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| Country of foreign birth  
 
| Country of foreign birth  
| Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Vital Records  
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| [[Illinois Census|Census]], [[Illinois Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]]
| Obituaries, Military Records, Minorities
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| [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Natualization and Citizenship]], [[Illinois Military Records|Military Records]],[[Illinois Ethnic Groups|Ethnic Groups]]
 
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| Death information  
 
| Death information  
| Vital Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries, Newspapers  
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| [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Vital_Records#Death_Records Vital Records], [[Illinois Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Social Security Death Index]], [[Illinois Newspapers|Newspapers]]
| Probate Records, Funeral Homes, Church Records
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| [[Illinois Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[Illinois Funeral Homes|Funeral Homes]], [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]]
 
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| Divorce  
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| Dissolution of marriage (Divorce)<br>
| Divorce Records, Vital Records, Court Records  
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| [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Vital_Records#Dissolution_of_Marriage_.28Divorce.29_Records Vital Records], [[Illinois Court Records|Court Records]]
| Newspapers, Census
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| [[Illinois Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[Illinois Census|Census]]
 
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| Emigration information  
 
| Emigration information  
| Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Maps
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| [[Illinois Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Illinois Census|Census]]
| Obituaries, Biography, Minorities, Land and Property, Court Records
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| [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Illinois Biography|Biography]], [[Illinois Ethnic Groups|Ethnic Groups]], [[Illinois Land and Property|Land and Property]],[[Illinois Court Records|Court Records]]
 
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| Ethnic background  
 
| Ethnic background  
| Native Races, Minorities, Emigration and Immigration  
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| [[Illinois Census|Census]], [[African-American Resources for Illinois|African Americans]], [[Indians of Illinois|American Indians]], [[Illinois Ethnic Groups|Ethnic Groups]], [[Illinois Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
| Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records, Census, Periodicals
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| [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]], [[Illinois Periodicals|Periodicals]], [[Illinois Societies|Societies]]
 
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| Historical background  
 
| Historical background  
| History, Periodicals, Gazetteers, Native Races
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| [[Illinois History|History]], [[Illinois Periodicals|Periodicals]], [[Illinois Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]<br>
| Maps, Land and Property, Church Records
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| [[Illinois Maps|Maps]], [[Illinois Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]]
 
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| Immigration date  
 
| Immigration date  
| Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Societies
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| [[Illinois Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[Illinois Census|Census]], [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
| Court Records, Biography, Obituaries, Periodicals
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| [[Illinois Court Records|Court Records]], [[Illinois Biography|Biography]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Illinois Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
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| Living relatives  
 
| Living relatives  
| Obituaries, Probate Records, Census  
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| [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Illinois Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[Illinois Census|Census]]
| Funeral Homes, Land and Property, Biography
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| [[Illinois Funeral Homes|Funeral Homes]], [[Illinois Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[Illinois Biography|Biography]], [[Illinois Newspapers|Newspapers]]
 
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| Maiden name  
 
| Maiden name  
| Vital Records, Obituaries, Probate Records  
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| [[Illinois Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Illinois Probate Records|Probate Records]]
| Church Records, Funeral Homes, Bible Records
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| [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]], [[Illinois Funeral Homes|Funeral Homes]], [[Illinois Bible Records|Bible Records]]
 
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| Marriage information  
 
| Marriage information  
| Vital Records, Obituaries, Census, Genealogy  
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| [[Illinois Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Illinois Census|Census]], [[Illinois Genealogy|Genealogy]]
| Church Records, Probate Records, Military Records
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| [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]], [[Illinois Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[Illinois Military Records|Military Records]]
 
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| Naturalization  
 
| Naturalization  
| Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Voting Registers  
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| [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Illinois Census|Census]], [[Illinois Voting Registers|Voting Registers]]
| Court Records, Land and Property, Periodicals
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| [[Illinois Court Records|Court Records]], [[Illinois Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[Illinois Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
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| Occupations  
 
| Occupations  
| Occupations, Census, Obituaries  
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| [[Illinois Occupations|Occupations]], [[Illinois Census|Census]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]]
| Biography, Directories, History
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| [[Illinois Biography|Biography]], [[Illinois Directories|Directories]], [[Illinois History|History]]
 
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| Other family members  
 
| Other family members  
| Census, Obituaries, Probate Records,
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| [[Illinois Census|Census]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Illinois Probate Records|Probate Records]]
| Funeral Homes, Vital Records, Church Records,
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| [[Illinois Funeral Homes|Funeral Homes]], [[Illinois Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]], [[Illinois Genealogy|Genealogy]]
 
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| Parents  
 
| Parents  
| Vital Records, Obituaries, Census, Genealogy  
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| [[Illinois Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Illinois Census|Census]], [[Illinois Genealogy|Genealogy]]
| Probate Records, Funeral Homes, Church Records
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| [[Illinois Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[Illinois Funeral Homes|Funeral Homes]], [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]], [[Illinois Biography|Biography]]
 
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| Physical description  
 
| Physical description  
| Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Emigration and Immigration  
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| [[Illinois Military Records|Military Records]], [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Illinois Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
| Biography, Occupations
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| [[Illinois Biography|Biography]], [[Illinois Occupations|Occupations]]
 
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| Place-finding aids  
 
| Place-finding aids  
| Maps, Gazetteers  
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| [[Illinois Maps|Maps]], [[Illinois Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
| Archives and Libraries, History, Societies
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| [[Illinois Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]], [[Illinois History|History]], [[Illinois Societies|Societies]]
 
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| Places of residence  
 
| Places of residence  
| Census, Military Records, Obituaries, Directories, Taxation, Voting Registers
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| [[Illinois Census|Census]], [[Illinois Military Records|Military Records]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Illinois Directories|Directories]], [[Illinois Taxation|Taxation]]
| Land and Property, Naturalization and Citizenship, Public Records
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| [[Illinois Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Illinois Voting Registers|Voting Registers]]
 
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| Place of residence when you know only the state  
 
| Place of residence when you know only the state  
| Census, Vital Records, Military Records  
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| [[Illinois Census|Census]], [[Illinois Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[Illinois Military Records|Military Records]]
| Naturalization and Citizenship, Taxation, Directories
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| [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Illinois Taxation|Taxation]]
 
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| Previous research  
 
| Previous research  
| Genealogy, Biography, Periodicals  
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| [[Illinois Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[Illinois Biography|Biography]], [[Illinois Periodicals|Periodicals]]
| History, Archives and Libraries, Societies
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| [[Illinois History|History]], [[Illinois Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]], [[Illinois Societies|Societies]]
 
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|-
 
| Record-finding aids  
 
| Record-finding aids  
| Archives and Libraries, Church Records, Periodicals  
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| [[Illinois Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]], [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]], [[Illinois Periodicals|Periodicals]]
| Societies, For Further Reading
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| [[Illinois Societies|Societies]], [[Illinois For Further Reading|For Further Reading]]
 
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| Religion  
 
| Religion  
| Church Records, Vital Records, Obituaries  
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| [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]], [[Illinois Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]]
| Biography, Cemeteries, Funeral Homes
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| [[Illinois Biography|Biography]], [[Illinois Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[Illinois Funeral Homes|Funeral Homes]]
 
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| Social activities  
 
| Social activities  
| Societies, Obituaries, Biography  
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| [[Illinois Societies|Societies]], [[Illinois Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Illinois Biography|Biography]]
| Cemeteries, Directories, Funeral Homes
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| [[Illinois Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[Illinois Directories|Directories]], [[Illinois Newspapers|Newspapers]]
 
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Revision as of 20:08, 26 August 2011

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Illinois  Gotoarrow.png  Record Selection Table

This table can help you decide which records to search. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.

  1. In column 1, select a 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 article 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 Family History Library Catalog using the Place-name Search. Some records are not at the library.
  5. If you do not find the desired information, see Illinois Search Strategies for more suggestions.
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 information about 2. Look first in 3. Then search
Adoptions Court Records, Vital Records Census, Probate Records
Age Census, Cemeteries, Obituaries Vital Records, Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship
Birth date Vital Records, Social Security Death Index, Obituaries, Cemeteries Church Records, Military Records, Biography
Birth place Census, Vital Records, Obituaries Church Records, Military Records, Funeral Homes
Boundaries and origins Maps, Gazetteers History, Societies
Children Census, Probate Records, Obituaries, Genealogy Vital Records, Church Records, Land and Property
City or parish of foreign birth Vital Records, Obituaries, Biography Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records, Funeral Homes
Country of foreign birth Census, Vital Records, Obituaries Natualization and Citizenship, Military Records,Ethnic Groups
Death information Vital Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries, Social Security Death Index, Newspapers Probate Records, Funeral Homes, Church Records
Dissolution of marriage (Divorce)
Vital Records, Court Records Newspapers, Census
Emigration information Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Obituaries, Biography, Ethnic Groups, Land and Property,Court Records
Ethnic background Census, African Americans, American Indians, Ethnic Groups, Emigration and Immigration Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records, Periodicals, Societies
Historical background History, Periodicals, Gazetteers
Maps, Land and Property, Church Records
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Census, Naturalization and Citizenship Court Records, Biography, Obituaries, Periodicals
Living relatives Obituaries, Probate Records, Census Funeral Homes, Land and Property, Biography, Newspapers
Maiden name Vital Records, Obituaries, Probate Records Church Records, Funeral Homes, Bible Records
Marriage information Vital Records, Obituaries, Census, Genealogy Church Records, Probate Records, Military Records
Naturalization Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Voting Registers Court Records, Land and Property, Periodicals
Occupations Occupations, Census, Obituaries Biography, Directories, History
Other family members Census, Obituaries, Probate Records Funeral Homes, Vital Records, Church Records, Genealogy
Parents Vital Records, Obituaries, Census, Genealogy Probate Records, Funeral Homes, Church Records, Biography
Physical description Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Emigration and Immigration Biography, Occupations
Place-finding aids Maps, Gazetteers Archives and Libraries, History, Societies
Places of residence Census, Military Records, Obituaries, Directories, Taxation Land and Property, Naturalization and Citizenship, Voting Registers
Place of residence when you know only the state Census, Vital Records, Military Records Naturalization and Citizenship, Taxation
Previous research Genealogy, Biography, Periodicals History, Archives and Libraries, Societies
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Church Records, Periodicals Societies, For Further Reading
Religion Church Records, Vital Records, Obituaries Biography, Cemeteries, Funeral Homes
Social activities Societies, Obituaries, Biography Cemeteries, Directories, Newspapers