United States Record Selection Table

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This table can help you decide which records to search. It is most helpful for post-1800 research in the [[Portal:United States of America|United States]].  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United_States_Record_Selection_Table|Record Selection Table]]'' <br>See also [[United States, How to Find Genealogy Records]]<br>
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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.  
 
1. In column 1 find the goal you selected.  
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| align="left" | Age  
 
| align="left" | Age  
| align="left" | [[Portal:United States Census|Census]], Vital Records, Cemeteries  
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| align="left" | [[United States Census|Census]], [[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[United States Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
| align="left" | Military Records, Taxation
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| align="left" | [[United States Military Records|Military Records]], [[United States Taxation|Taxation]]
 
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| align="left" | Birth date  
 
| align="left" | Birth date  
| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, Bible Records  
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| align="left" | [[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[United States Church Records|Church Records]], [[United States Bible Records|Bible Records]]
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Obituaries, Census
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| align="left" | [[United States Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[United States Census|Census]]
 
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| align="left" | Birthplace  
 
| align="left" | Birthplace  
| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, Census  
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| align="left" | [[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[United States Church Records|Church Records]], [[United States Census|Census]]
| align="left" | Newspapers, Obituaries
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| align="left" | [[United States Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 
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| align="left" | City or parish of foreign birth  
 
| align="left" | City or parish of foreign birth  
| align="left" | Church Records, Genealogy, Biography, Naturalization and Citizenship, Societies  
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| align="left" | [[United States Church Records|Church Records]], [[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[United States Biography|Biography]], [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[United States Societies|Societies]]
| align="left" | Vital Records, Obituaries, History, Emigration and Immigration
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| align="left" | [[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[United States History|History]], [[United States Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 
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| align="left" | Country of foreign birth  
 
| align="left" | Country of foreign birth  
| align="left" | Emigration and Immigration, Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records  
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| align="left" | [[United States Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[United States Census|Census]], [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[United States Church Records|Church Records]]
| align="left" | Military Records, Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries
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| align="left" | [[United States Military Records|Military Records]], [[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[United States Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 
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| align="left" | County origins and boundaries  
 
| align="left" | County origins and boundaries  
| align="left" | History, Maps, Historical Geography  
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| align="left" | [[United States History|History]], [[United States Maps|Maps]], [[United States Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]
| align="left" | Gazetteers
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| align="left" | [[United States Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
 
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| align="left" | Death  
 
| align="left" | Death  
| align="left" | Vital Records, Cemeteries, Probate Records, Church Records, Obituaries, Societies  
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| align="left" | [[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[United States Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[United States Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[United States Church Records|Church Records]], [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[United States Societies|Societies]]
| align="left" | Newspapers, Bible Records, Military Records, Town Records
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| align="left" | [[United States Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[United States Bible Records|Bible Records]], [[United States Military Records|Military Records]], [[United States Town Records|Town Records]]
 
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| align="left" | Ethnicity  
 
| align="left" | Ethnicity  
| align="left" | Minorities, Native Races, Societies  
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| align="left" | [[United States Minorities|Minorities]], [[Indians of the United States and Their Records|American Indians]], [[United States Societies|Societies]]
| align="left" | Church Records, Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Periodicals
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| align="left" | [[United States Church Records|Church Records]], [[United States Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[United States Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
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| align="left" | Historical background  
 
| align="left" | Historical background  
| align="left" | History, Periodicals  
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| align="left" | [[United States History|History]], [[United States Periodicals|Periodicals]]
| align="left" | Minorities
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| align="left" | [[United States Minorities|Minorities]]
 
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| align="left" | Immigration date  
 
| align="left" | Immigration date  
| align="left" | Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Genealogy, Societies  
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| align="left" | [[United States Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[United States Societies|Societies]]
| align="left" | Census, Newspapers, Biography
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| align="left" | [[United States Census|Census]], [[United States Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[United States Biography|Biography]]
 
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| align="left" | Living relatives (and adoptions)  
 
| align="left" | Living relatives (and adoptions)  
| align="left" | Genealogy, Directories, Court Records, Obituaries, Internet  
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| align="left" | [[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[United States Directories|Directories]], [[United States Court Records|Court Records]], [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]], Internet, [[Adoption Research|Adoptions]]
| align="left" | Census, Biography, Societies, Church Records, Probate Records
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| align="left" | [[United States Census|Census]], [[United States Biography|Biography]], [[United States Societies|Societies]], [[United States Church Records|Church Records]], [[United States Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
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| align="left" | Maiden name  
 
| align="left" | Maiden name  
| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, Newspapers, Bible Records  
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| align="left" | [[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[United States Church Records|Church Records]], [[United States Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[United States Bible Records|Bible Records]]
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Military Records, Probate Records, Obituaries
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| align="left" | [[United States Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[United States Military Records|Military Records]], [[United States Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 
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| align="left" | Marriage  
 
| align="left" | Marriage  
| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, Census, Newspapers, Bible Records, Town Records  
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| align="left" | [[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[United States Church Records|Church Records]], [[United States Census|Census]], [[United States Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[United States Bible Records|Bible Records]], [[United States Town Records|Town Records]]
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Military Records, Probate Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Land and Property
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| align="left" | [[United States Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[United States Military Records|Military Records]], [[United States Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[United States Land and Property|Land and Property]]
 
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| align="left" | Occupation  
 
| align="left" | Occupation  
| align="left" | Census, Directories, Emigration and Immigration  
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| align="left" | [[United States Census|Census]], [[United States Directories|Directories]], [[United States Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
| align="left" | Newspapers, Court Records, Biography
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| align="left" | [[United States Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[United States Court Records|Court Records]], [[United States Biography|Biography]]
 
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| align="left" | Parents, children, and other family members  
 
| align="left" | Parents, children, and other family members  
| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, Census, Phone Disc, Probate Records, Obituaries, Genealogy  
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| align="left" | [[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[United States Church Records|Church Records]], [[United States Census|Census]], Phone Disc, [[United States Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]]
| align="left" | Bible Records, Newspapers, Emigration and Immigration
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| align="left" | [[United States Bible Records|Bible Records]], [[United States Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[United States Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[Adoption Research|Adoptions]]
 
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| align="left" | Physical description  
 
| align="left" | Physical description  
| align="left" | Military Records, Biography  
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| align="left" | [[United States Military Records|Military Records]], [[United States Biography|Biography]]
| align="left" | Naturalization and Citizenship, Vital Records, Emigration and Immigration, Genealogy
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| align="left" | [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[United States Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]]
 
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| align="left" | Place-finding aids  
 
| align="left" | Place-finding aids  
| align="left" | Gazetteers, Maps, Historical Geography  
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| align="left" | [[United States Gazetteers|Gazetteers]], [[United States Maps|Maps]], [[United States Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]
| align="left" | History, Periodicals
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| align="left" | [[United States History|History]], [[United States Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
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| align="left" | Place (town) of residence when you know only the state  
 
| align="left" | Place (town) of residence when you know only the state  
| align="left" | Census (indexed), Genealogy, Military Records, Vital Records, and other records with a statewide index or [[Soundex|Soundex]]  
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| align="left" | [[United States Census|Census]] (indexed), [[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[United States Military Records|Military Records]], [[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]], and other records with a statewide index, [[Soundex|Soundex]]  
| align="left" | Biography, Probate Records, History, Directories, Societies, Taxation
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| align="left" | [[United States Biography|Biography]], [[United States Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[United States History|History]], [[United States Directories|Directories]], [[United States Societies|Societies]], [[United States Taxation|Taxation]]
 
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| align="left" | Places family has lived  
 
| align="left" | Places family has lived  
| align="left" | Census, Land and Property, History, Directories  
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| align="left" | [[United States Census|Census]], [[United States Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[United States History|History]], [[United States Directories|Directories]]
| align="left" | Military Records, Taxation, Obituaries
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| align="left" | [[United States Military Records|Military Records]], [[United States Taxation|Taxation]], [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 
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| align="left" | Previous research (compiled genealogy)  
 
| align="left" | Previous research (compiled genealogy)  
| align="left" | Genealogy, Periodicals, Societies  
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| align="left" | [[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[United States Periodicals|Periodicals]], [[United States Societies|Societies]]
| align="left" | History, Biography
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| align="left" | [[United States History|History]], [[United States Biography|Biography]]
 
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| align="left" | Record-finding aids  
 
| align="left" | Record-finding aids  
| align="left" | Archives and Libraries, Societies  
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| align="left" | [[United States Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]], [[United States Societies|Societies]]
| align="left" | Periodicals
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| align="left" | [[United States Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
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| align="left" | Religion  
 
| align="left" | Religion  
| align="left" | Church Records, History, Biography  
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| align="left" | [[United States Church Records|Church Records]], [[United States History|History]], [[United States Biography|Biography]]
| align="left" | Bible Records, Cemeteries, Genealogy
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| align="left" | [[United States Bible Records|Bible Records]], [[United States Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]]
 
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| align="left" | Social activities  
 
| align="left" | Social activities  
| align="left" | History, Biography Newspapers, Societies  
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| align="left" | [[United States History|History]], [[United States Biography|Biography]] [[United States Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[United States Societies|Societies]]
| align="left" | Town Records, Court, Records, Cemeteries, Directories, Obituaries
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| align="left" | [[United States Town Records|Town Records]], [[United States Court Records|Court Records]], [[United States Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[United States Directories|Directories]], [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 
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[[Category:Record_Selection_Tables]] [[Category:United_States]]

Revision as of 13:42, 28 December 2012

United States Gotoarrow.png Record Selection Table
See also United States, How to Find Genealogy Records

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.

4. Then look for the record type you need in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog.

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 Church Records, Genealogy, Biography, Naturalization and Citizenship, Societies Vital Records, Obituaries, History, Emigration and Immigration
Country of foreign birth Emigration and Immigration, Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records Military Records, Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries
County origins and boundaries History, Maps, Historical Geography Gazetteers
Death Vital Records, Cemeteries, Probate Records, Church Records, Obituaries, Societies Newspapers, Bible Records, Military Records, Town Records
Ethnicity Minorities, American Indians, Societies Church Records, Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Periodicals
Historical background History, Periodicals Minorities
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Genealogy, Societies Census, Newspapers, Biography
Living relatives (and adoptions) Genealogy, Directories, Court Records, Obituaries, Internet, Adoptions Census, Biography, Societies, Church Records, Probate Records
Maiden name Vital Records, Church Records, Newspapers, Bible Records Cemeteries, Military Records, Probate Records, Obituaries
Marriage Vital Records, Church Records, Census, Newspapers, Bible Records, Town Records Cemeteries, Military Records, Probate Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Land and Property
Occupation Census, Directories, Emigration and Immigration Newspapers, Court Records, Biography
Parents, children, and other family members Vital Records, Church Records, Census, Phone Disc, Probate Records, Obituaries, Genealogy Bible Records, Newspapers, Emigration and Immigration, Adoptions
Physical description Military Records, Biography Naturalization and Citizenship, Vital Records, Emigration and Immigration, Genealogy
Place-finding aids Gazetteers, Maps, Historical Geography History, Periodicals
Place (town) of residence when you know only the state Census (indexed), Genealogy, Military Records, Vital Records, and other records with a statewide index, Soundex Biography, Probate Records, History, Directories, Societies, Taxation
Places family has lived Census, Land and Property, History, Directories Military Records, Taxation, Obituaries
Previous research (compiled genealogy) Genealogy, Periodicals, Societies History, Biography
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Societies Periodicals
Religion Church Records, History, Biography Bible Records, Cemeteries, Genealogy
Social activities History, Biography Newspapers, Societies Town Records, Court Records, Cemeteries, Directories, Obituaries