United States Record Selection Table

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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" | [[Portal:United States Census|Census]], [[United_States_Vital_Records|Vital Records]], Cemeteries  
 
| align="left" | Military Records, Taxation
 
| align="left" | Military Records, 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]], Church Records, Bible Records  
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Obituaries, [[Portal:United States Census|Census]]
 
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Obituaries, [[Portal:United States Census|Census]]
 
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| align="left" | Birthplace  
 
| align="left" | Birthplace  
| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, [[Portal:United States Census|Census]]  
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| align="left" | [[United_States_Vital_Records|Vital Records]], Church Records, [[Portal:United States Census|Census]]  
 
| align="left" | Newspapers, Obituaries
 
| align="left" | Newspapers, 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  
 
| align="left" | Church Records, Genealogy, Biography, Naturalization and Citizenship, Societies  
| align="left" | Vital Records, Obituaries, History, Emigration and Immigration
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| align="left" | [[United_States_Vital_Records|Vital Records]], Obituaries, History, Emigration and Immigration
 
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| align="left" | Country of foreign birth  
 
| align="left" | Country of foreign birth  
 
| align="left" | Emigration and Immigration, [[Portal:United States Census|Census]], Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records  
 
| align="left" | Emigration and Immigration, [[Portal:United States Census|Census]], Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records  
| align="left" | Military Records, Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries
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| align="left" | Military Records, [[United_States_Vital_Records|Vital Records]], Newspapers, Obituaries
 
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| align="left" | County origins and boundaries  
 
| align="left" | County origins and boundaries  
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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]], 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" | 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]], 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  
 
| align="left" | Marriage  
| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, [[Portal:United States Census|Census]], Newspapers, Bible Records, Town Records  
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| align="left" | [[United_States_Vital_Records|Vital Records]], Church Records, [[Portal:United States Census|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" | Parents, children, and other family members  
 
| align="left" | Parents, children, and other family members  
| align="left" | Vital Records, Church Records, [[Portal:United States Census|Census]], Phone Disc, Probate Records, Obituaries, Genealogy  
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| align="left" | [[United_States_Vital_Records|Vital Records]], Church Records, [[Portal:United States Census|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  
 
| align="left" | Physical description  
 
| align="left" | Military Records, Biography  
 
| align="left" | Military Records, Biography  
| align="left" | Naturalization and Citizenship, Vital Records, Emigration and Immigration, Genealogy
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| align="left" | Naturalization and Citizenship, [[United_States_Vital_Records|Vital Records]], Emigration and Immigration, Genealogy
 
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| align="left" | Place-finding aids  
 
| align="left" | Place-finding aids  
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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" | [[Portal:United States Census|Census]] (indexed), Genealogy, Military Records, Vital Records, and other records with a statewide index or [[Soundex|Soundex]]  
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| align="left" | [[Portal:United States Census|Census]] (indexed), Genealogy, Military Records, [[United_States_Vital_Records|Vital Records]], and other records with a statewide index or [[Soundex|Soundex]]  
 
| align="left" | Biography, Probate Records, History, Directories, Societies, Taxation
 
| align="left" | Biography, Probate Records, History, Directories, Societies, Taxation
 
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Revision as of 21:51, 8 August 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 or 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