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.
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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]].  
  
1. In column 1 find the goal you selected. <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. Then look for the record type you need in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog. <br>
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1. In column 1 find the goal you selected. <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. Then look for the record type you need in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog. <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.
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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.  
  
 
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| align="left" | '''1. If You Need&nbsp;'''
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| align="left" | '''1. If You Need&nbsp;'''  
| align="left" | '''2. Look First In'''
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| align="left" | '''2. Look First In'''  
 
| align="left" | '''3. Then Search'''
 
| align="left" | '''3. Then Search'''
 
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| align="left" | Age
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| align="left" | Age  
| align="left" | Census, Vital Records, Cemeteries
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| align="left" | Census, Vital Records, Cemeteries  
 
| align="left" | Military Records, Taxation
 
| align="left" | Military Records, Taxation
 
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| align="left" | Birth date
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| align="left" | Birth date  
| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, Bible Records
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| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, Bible Records  
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Obituaries, Census
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Obituaries, Census
 
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| align="left" | Birthplace
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| align="left" | Birthplace  
| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, Census
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| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, Census  
 
| align="left" | Newspapers, Obituaries
 
| align="left" | Newspapers, Obituaries
 
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| align="left" | City or parish of foreign birth
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| align="left" | City or parish of foreign birth  
| align="left" | Church Records, Genealogy, Biography, Naturalization and Citizenship, Societies
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| align="left" | Church Records, Genealogy, Biography, Naturalization and Citizenship, Societies  
 
| align="left" | Vital Records, Obituaries, History, Emigration and Immigration
 
| align="left" | Vital Records, Obituaries, History, Emigration and Immigration
 
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| align="left" | Country of foreign birth
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| align="left" | Country of foreign birth  
| align="left" | Emigration and Immigration, Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records
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| align="left" | Emigration and Immigration, Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records  
 
| align="left" | Military Records, Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries
 
| align="left" | Military Records, Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries
 
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| align="left" | County origins and boundaries
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| align="left" | County origins and boundaries  
| align="left" | History, Maps, Historical Geography
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| align="left" | History, Maps, Historical Geography  
 
| align="left" | Gazetteers
 
| align="left" | Gazetteers
 
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| align="left" | Death
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| align="left" | Death  
| align="left" | Vital Records, Cemeteries, Probate Records, Church Records, Obituaries, Societies
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| align="left" | Vital Records, Cemeteries, Probate Records, Church Records, Obituaries, Societies  
 
| align="left" | Newspapers, Bible Records, Military Records, Town Records
 
| align="left" | Newspapers, Bible Records, Military Records, Town Records
 
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| align="left" | Ethnicity
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| align="left" | Ethnicity  
| align="left" | Minorities, Native Races, Societies
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| align="left" | Minorities, Native Races, Societies  
 
| align="left" | Church Records, Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Periodicals
 
| align="left" | Church Records, Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Periodicals
 
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| align="left" | Historical background
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| align="left" | Historical background  
| align="left" | History, Periodicals
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| align="left" | History, Periodicals  
 
| align="left" | Minorities
 
| align="left" | Minorities
 
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| align="left" | Immigration date
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| align="left" | Immigration date  
| align="left" | Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Genealogy, Societies
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| align="left" | Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Genealogy, Societies  
 
| align="left" | Census, Newspapers, Biography
 
| align="left" | Census, Newspapers, Biography
 
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| align="left" | Living relatives (and adoptions)
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| align="left" | Living relatives (and adoptions)  
| align="left" | Genealogy, Directories, Court Records, Obituaries, Internet
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| align="left" | Genealogy, Directories, Court Records, Obituaries, Internet  
 
| align="left" | Census, Biography, Societies, Church Records, Probate Records
 
| align="left" | Census, Biography, Societies, Church Records, Probate Records
 
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| align="left" | Maiden name
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| align="left" | Maiden name  
| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, Newspapers, Bible Records
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| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, Newspapers, Bible Records  
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Military Records, Probate Records, Obituaries
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Military Records, Probate Records, Obituaries
 
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| align="left" | Marriage
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| align="left" | Marriage  
| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, Census, Newspapers, Bible Records, Town Records
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| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, Census, Newspapers, Bible Records, Town Records  
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Military Records, Probate Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Land and Property
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Military Records, Probate Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Land and Property
 
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| align="left" | Occupation
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| align="left" | Occupation  
| align="left" | Census, Directories, Emigration and Immigration
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| align="left" | Census, Directories, Emigration and Immigration  
 
| align="left" | Newspapers, Court Records, Biography
 
| align="left" | Newspapers, Court Records, Biography
 
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| align="left" | Parents, children, and other family members
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| 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" | Vital Records, Church Records, Census, Phone Disc, Probate Records, Obituaries, Genealogy  
 
| align="left" | Bible Records, Newspapers, Emigration and Immigration
 
| align="left" | Bible Records, Newspapers, Emigration and Immigration
 
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| align="left" | Physical description
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| align="left" | Physical description  
| align="left" | Military Records, Biography
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| align="left" | Military Records, Biography  
 
| align="left" | Naturalization and Citizenship, Vital Records, Emigration and Immigration, Genealogy
 
| align="left" | Naturalization and Citizenship, Vital Records, Emigration and Immigration, Genealogy
 
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| align="left" | Place-finding aids
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| align="left" | Place-finding aids  
| align="left" | Gazetteers, Maps, Historical Geography
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| align="left" | Gazetteers, Maps, Historical Geography  
 
| align="left" | History, Periodicals
 
| align="left" | History, Periodicals
 
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| align="left" | Place (town) of residence when you know only the state
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| 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, Soundex
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| align="left" | Census (indexed), Genealogy, Military Records, Vital Records, and other records with a statewide index, Soundex  
 
| align="left" | Biography, Probate Records, History, Directories, Societies, Taxation
 
| align="left" | Biography, Probate Records, History, Directories, Societies, Taxation
 
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| align="left" | Places family has lived
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| align="left" | Places family has lived  
| align="left" | Census, Land and Property, History, Directories
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| align="left" | Census, Land and Property, History, Directories  
 
| align="left" | Military Records, Taxation, Obituaries
 
| align="left" | Military Records, Taxation, Obituaries
 
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| align="left" | Previous research (compiled genealogy)
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| align="left" | Previous research (compiled genealogy)  
| align="left" | Genealogy, Periodicals, Societies
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| align="left" | Genealogy, Periodicals, Societies  
 
| align="left" | History, Biography
 
| align="left" | History, Biography
 
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| align="left" | Record-finding aids
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| align="left" | Record-finding aids  
| align="left" | Archives and Libraries, Societies
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| align="left" | Archives and Libraries, Societies  
 
| align="left" | Periodicals
 
| align="left" | Periodicals
 
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| align="left" | Religion
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| align="left" | Religion  
| align="left" | Church Records, History, Biography
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| align="left" | Church Records, History, Biography  
 
| align="left" | Bible Records, Cemeteries, Genealogy
 
| align="left" | Bible Records, Cemeteries, Genealogy
 
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| align="left" | Social activities
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| align="left" | Social activities  
| align="left" | History, Biography Newspapers, Societies
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| align="left" | History, Biography Newspapers, Societies  
 
| align="left" | Town Records, Court, Records, Cemeteries, Directories, Obituaries
 
| align="left" | Town Records, Court, Records, Cemeteries, Directories, Obituaries
 
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Revision as of 05:58, 15 May 2008

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, Native Races, 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 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
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