England Record Selection Table

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This table can help you decide which England records to search. It is most helpful for research from 1800 to the present.

Step 1. In column 1 select a research goal. Choose an ancestor you would like to know more about. What new information would you like to learn about that person?

Step 2. In column 2 find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.

  • Read the FamilySearch Wiki articles about those types of records. They explain what the records might tell you, how to search them, and how to find them in the FamilySearch Catalog. Some records are not at the library.

Step 3. In column 3 find additional record types that may be useful.

  • Records of previous research (such as Genealogy, Biography, History, Periodicals, and Societies) are useful for most goals but are not listed unless they are especially helpful.
1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records
Age Census, Civil Registration, Church Records Cemeteries, Obituaries, Military Records
Birth date Civil Registration, Church Records Obituaries, Newspapers, Military Records, Occupations
Birthplace Census, Civil Registration, Church Records Obituaries, Newspapers, Occupations, Military Records
Place of foreign birth (not England) Church Records, Census Emigration and Immigration, Military Records
Parish, district, and county boundaries Gazetteers Maps, History
Death Civil Registration, Church Records, Obituaries, Newspapers, Cemeteries Probate Records, Court Records, Land and Property, Military Records
Historical background History, Genealogy Church History
Immigration date See research outline for country to which ancestor immigrated Emigration and Immigration, Church Records
Living relatives Directories, Civil Registration Societies, Newspapers, Periodicals
Maiden name Civil Registration, Church Records Obituaries, Newspapers, Cemeteries
Marriage Church Records, Civil Registration, Genealogy, Periodicals Newspapers, Biography, Nobility, Cemeteries
Occupation Church Records, Census, Directories, Civil Registration, Occupations, Probate Records Court Records, Obituaries, Officials and Employees, Military Records, Taxation
Parents, children, and other family members Census, Obituaries, Probate Records Church Records, Newspapers, Civil Registration
Physical description Military Records, Court Records Church Records, Newspapers, Civil Registration
Place-finding aids Gazetteers, Directories, Maps History, Taxation, Land and Property, Periodicals
Places of residence Census, Church Records, Directories Land and Property, Probate Records, Taxation
Place of residence when you know only the county Directories, Census, Probate Records, Civil Registration Church Records, Taxation
Previous research (compiled genealogy) Biography, Genealogy, Societies Nobility, Periodicals
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Genealogy Societies, Periodicals
Religion Church Records, Biography, Obituaries, Civil Registration Cemeteries, Genealogy, History, Probate Records

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

England Cornwall Church of England Parish Registers (FamilySearch Hisstorical Records)