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This table can help you decide which records to search. It is most helpful for research from 1800 to the present.<br /><br />
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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. Choose an ancestor you would like to know more about. Decide what information you would like to learn about that person. This new information is your research goal.
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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 1 of this table, find the goal you selected.
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Step 2. '''In column 2''' find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.  
* Step 3. In column 2 of this table, find the types of records most likely to have the information you need; then read the sections in this outline about those types of records.
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* Step 4. Look in the Family History Library Catalog and choose a specific record to search. <br />
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* Step 5. Look at the record.
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* Step 6. If you do not find the information you need, return to column 3 and search those record types. Note:Records of previous research (Genealogy, Biography, History, Periodicals, and Societies) are useful for most goals, but they are not listed unless they are especially helpful.
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:*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.
  
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Step 3. '''In column 3''' find additional record types that may be useful.
| align="left" | '''1. If You Need'''
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| align="left" | '''2. Search These Record Types First'''
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:*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.
| align="left" | '''3. Search These Record Types Next '''
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{| class="wikitable" width="100%"
 
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| align="left" | Age
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! align="left" | 1. If You Need
| align="left" | Census, Civil Registration, Church Records
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! align="left" | 2. Search These Record Types First
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Obituaries, Military Records
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! align="left" | 3. Search These Record Types Next
 
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| align="left" | Birth date
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| align="left" | Age
| align="left" | Civil Registration, Church Records
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| align="left" | [[England Census|Census]], [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]], [[England Church Records|Church Records]]
| align="left" | Obituaries, Newspapers, Military Records, Occupations
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| align="left" | [[England Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[England Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[England Military Records|Military Records]]
 
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| align="left" | Birthplace
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| align="left" | Birth date
| align="left" | Census, Civil Registration, Church Records
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| align="left" | [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]], [[England Church Records|Church Records]]
| align="left" | Obituaries, Newspapers, Occupations, Military Records
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| align="left" | [[England Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[England Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[England Military Records|Military Records]], [[England Occupations|Occupations]]
 
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| align="left" | Place of foreign birth (not England)
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| align="left" | Birthplace
| align="left" | Church Records, Census
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| align="left" | [[England Census|Census]], [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]], [[England Church Records|Church Records]]
| align="left" | Emigration and Immigration, Military Records
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| align="left" | [[England Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[England Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[England Occupations|Occupations]], [[England Military Records|Military Records]]
 
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| align="left" | Parish, district, and county boundaries
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| align="left" | Place of foreign birth (not England)
| align="left" | Gazetteers
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| align="left" | [[England Church Records|Church Records]], [[England Census|Census]]
| align="left" | Maps, History
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| align="left" | [[England Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[England Military Records|Military Records]]
 
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| align="left" | Death
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| align="left" | Parish, district, and county boundaries
| align="left" | Civil Registration, Church Records, Obituaries, Newspapers, Cemeteries
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| align="left" | [[England Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
| align="left" | Probate Records, Court Records, Land and Property, Military Records
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| align="left" | [[England Maps|Maps]], [[England History|History]]
 
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| align="left" | Historical background
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| align="left" | Death
| align="left" | History, Genealogy
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| align="left" | [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]], [[England Church Records|Church Records]], [[England Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[England Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[England Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
| align="left" | Church History
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| align="left" | [[England Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[England Court Records|Court Records]], [[England Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[England Military Records|Military Records]]
 
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| align="left" | Immigration date
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| align="left" | Historical background
| align="left" | See research outline for country to which ancestor immigrated
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| align="left" | [[England History|History]], [[England Genealogy|Genealogy]]
| align="left" | Emigration and Immigration, Church Records
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| align="left" | [[England Church History|Church History]]
 
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| align="left" | Living relatives
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| align="left" | Immigration date
| align="left" | Directories, Civil Registration
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| align="left" | See research outline for country to which ancestor immigrated
| align="left" | Societies, Newspapers, Periodicals
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| align="left" | [[England Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[England Church Records|Church Records]]
 
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| align="left" | Maiden name
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| align="left" | Living relatives
| align="left" | Civil Registration, Church Records
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| align="left" | [[England Directories|Directories]], [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
| align="left" | Obituaries, Newspapers, Cemeteries
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| align="left" | [[England Societies|Societies]], [[England Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[England Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
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| align="left" | Marriage
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| align="left" | Maiden name
| align="left" | Church Records, Civil Registration, Genealogy, Periodicals
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| align="left" | [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]], [[England Church Records|Church Records]]
| align="left" | Newspapers, Biography, Nobility, Cemeteries
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| align="left" | [[England Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[England Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[England Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
 
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| align="left" | Occupation
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| align="left" | Marriage
| align="left" | Church Records, Census, Directories, Civil Registration, Occupations, Probate Records
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| align="left" | [[England Church Records|Church Records]], [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]], [[England Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[England Periodicals|Periodicals]]
| align="left" | Court Records, Obituaries, Officials and Employees, Military Records, Taxation
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| align="left" | [[England Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[England Biography|Biography]], [[England Nobility|Nobility]], [[England Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
 
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| align="left" | Parents, children, and other family members
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| align="left" | Occupation
| align="left" | Census, Obituaries, Probate Records
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| align="left" | [[England Church Records|Church Records]], [[England Census|Census]], [[England Directories|Directories]], [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]], [[England Occupations|Occupations]], [[England Probate Records|Probate Records]]
| align="left" | Church Records, Newspapers, Civil Registration
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| align="left" | [[England Court Records|Court Records]], [[England Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[England Officials and Employees|Officials and Employees]], [[England Military Records|Military Records]], [[England Taxation|Taxation]]
 
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| align="left" | Physical description
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| align="left" | Parents, children, and other family members
| align="left" | Military Records, Court Records
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| align="left" | [[England Census|Census]], [[England Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[England Probate Records|Probate Records]]
| align="left" | Church Records, Newspapers, Civil Registration
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| align="left" | [[England Church Records|Church Records]], [[England Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 
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| align="left" | Place-finding aids
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| align="left" | Physical description
| align="left" | Gazetteers, Directories, Maps
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| align="left" | [[England Military Records|Military Records]], [[England Court Records|Court Records]]
| align="left" | History, Taxation, Land and Property, Periodicals
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| align="left" | [[England Church Records|Church Records]], [[England Newspapers|Newspapers]], [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 
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| align="left" | Places of residence
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| align="left" | Place-finding aids
| align="left" | Census, Church Records, Directories
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| align="left" | [[England Gazetteers|Gazetteers]], [[England Directories|Directories]], [[England Maps|Maps]]
| align="left" | Land and Property, Probate Records, Taxation
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| align="left" | [[England History|History]], [[England Taxation|Taxation]], [[England Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[England Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
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| align="left" | Place of residence when you know only the county
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| align="left" | Places of residence  
| align="left" | Directories, Census, Probate Records, Civil Registration
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| align="left" | [[England Census|Census]], [[England Church Records|Church Records]], [[England Directories|Directories]]
| align="left" | Church Records, Taxation
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| align="left" | [[England Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[England Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[England Taxation|Taxation]]
 
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| align="left" | Previous research (compiled genealogy)
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| align="left" | Place of residence when you know only the county
| align="left" | Biography, Genealogy, Societies
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| align="left" | [[England Directories|Directories]], [[England Census|Census]], [[England Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
| align="left" | Nobility, Periodicals
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| align="left" | [[England Church Records|Church Records]], [[England Taxation|Taxation]]
 
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| align="left" | Record-finding aids
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| align="left" | Previous research (compiled genealogy)
| align="left" | Archives and Libraries, Genealogy
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| align="left" | [[England Biography|Biography]], [[England Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[England Societies|Societies]]
| align="left" | Societies, Periodicals
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| align="left" | [[England Nobility|Nobility]], [[England Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
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| align="left" | Religion
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| align="left" | Record-finding aids
| align="left" | Church Records, Biography, Obituaries, Civil Registration
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| align="left" | [[England Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]], [[England Genealogy|Genealogy]]
| align="left" | Cemeteries, Genealogy, History, Probate Records
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| align="left" | [[England Societies|Societies]], [[England Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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| align="left" | Religion  
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| align="left" | [[England Church Records|Church Records]], [[England Biography|Biography]], [[England Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[England Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
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| align="left" | [[England Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[England Genealogy|Genealogy]], [[England History|History]], [[England Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
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[[England_Cornwall_Church_of_England_Parish_Registers_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|England Cornwall Church of England Parish Registers (FamilySearch Hisstorical Records)]]
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{{Place|England}}
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[[Category:England|Record Selection Table]] [[Category:Record_Selection_Tables]]

Revision as of 19:38, 14 June 2012

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 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. Search These Record Types First 3. Search These Record Types Next
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)