United States Record Selection Table

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| align="left" | City or parish of foreign birth  
 
| align="left" | City or parish of foreign birth  
 
| align="left" | [[United States Church Records|Church Records]], [[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[United States Biography|Biography]], [[Portal:United States Naturalization|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[United States Societies|Societies]]  
 
| align="left" | [[United States Church Records|Church Records]], [[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[United States Biography|Biography]], [[Portal:United States Naturalization|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[United States Societies|Societies]]  
| align="left" | [[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[United States Obituaries|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]], Emigration and Immigration
 
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| align="left" | Country of foreign birth  
 
| align="left" | Country of foreign birth  
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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]], Maps, Historical Geography  
 
| align="left" | Gazetteers
 
| align="left" | Gazetteers
 
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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]], Periodicals  
 
| align="left" | Minorities
 
| align="left" | Minorities
 
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| align="left" | Place-finding aids  
 
| align="left" | Place-finding aids  
 
| align="left" | Gazetteers, Maps, Historical Geography  
 
| align="left" | Gazetteers, Maps, Historical Geography  
| align="left" | History, Periodicals
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| align="left" | [[United States History|History]], 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" | [[Portal:United States Census|Census]] (indexed), [[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[Portal:United States Military Records|Military Records]], [[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]], and other records with a statewide index r [[Soundex|Soundex]]  
 
| align="left" | [[Portal:United States Census|Census]] (indexed), [[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[Portal:United States Military Records|Military Records]], [[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]], and other records with a statewide index r [[Soundex|Soundex]]  
| align="left" | [[United States Biography|Biography]], [[United States Probate Records|Probate Records]], History, Directories, [[United States Societies|Societies]], [[United States Taxation|Taxation]]
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| align="left" | [[United States Biography|Biography]], [[United States Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[United States History|History]], 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" | [[Portal:United States Census|Census]], [[United States Land and Property|Land and Property]], History, Directories  
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| align="left" | [[Portal:United States Census|Census]], [[United States Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[United States History|History]], Directories  
 
| align="left" | [[Portal:United States Military Records|Military Records]], [[United States Taxation|Taxation]], [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 
| align="left" | [[Portal: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" | [[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]], Periodicals, [[United States Societies|Societies]]  
 
| align="left" | [[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]], Periodicals, [[United States Societies|Societies]]  
| align="left" | History, [[United States Biography|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  
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| align="left" | Religion  
 
| align="left" | Religion  
| align="left" | [[United States Church Records|Church Records]], History, [[United States Biography|Biography]]  
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| align="left" | [[United States Church Records|Church Records]], [[United States History|History]], [[United States Biography|Biography]]  
 
| align="left" | [[United States Bible Records|Bible Records]], [[United States Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[United States Genealogy|Genealogy]]
 
| 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, [[United States Biography|Biography]] [[United States Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[United States Societies|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" | [[United States Town Records|Town Records]], Court, Records, [[United States Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], Directories, [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 
| align="left" | [[United States Town Records|Town Records]], Court, Records, [[United States Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], Directories, [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 
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Revision as of 22:34, 9 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, 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 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, Adoption
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 r 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