Durango Record Selection Table
This table can help you decide which 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 Family History Library 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. If You Need||2. Look First In||3. Then Search|
|Age||Civil Registration||Church Records|
|Birth date||Civil Registration||Church Records|
|Birthplace||Civil Registration||Church Records|
|Boundaries and origins||Maps||Gazetteers, History|
|Customs||History, Minorities||Social Life and Customs|
|Country of foreign birth||Civil Registration||Emigration and Immigration|
|Death information||Civil Registration||Church Records|
|Divorce||Court Records||Civil Registration|
|Emigration information||Emigration and Immigration|| |
|Ethnic background||Church Records||Emigration and Immigration|
|Historical background||History, Encyclopedia and Dictionaries||Gazetteers, Periodicals|
|Immigration date||Emigration and Immigration||Naturalization and Citizenship|
|Living relatives||Directories|| |
|Maiden name||Civil Registration||Church Records|
|Marriage information||Civil Registration||Church Records|
|Naming customs||History||Social Life and Customs|
|Naturalization||Court Records|| |
|Parents||Civil Records||Church Records|
|Physical description||Military Records||Emigration and Immigration|
|Places of residence||Civil Registration||Church Records, Biography, Census|
|Previous research||Genealogy, Biography||Periodicals|
|Social activities||Social Life and Customs||History|