Finland 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. Search These Record Types First||3. Search These Record Types Next|
|Age||Church Records||Census, Probate Records|
|Birth date||Church Records|| |
|Boundaries and Origins||Gazetteers||Maps, History|
|Children||Church Records||Census, Probate|
|Death information||Church Records||Probate|
|Emigration date||Emigration and Immigration||Church Records|
|Ethnic background||Church Records||Minorities, Social Life and Customs, Ethnology|
|Historical background||History||Social Life and Customs|
|Maiden name||Church Records|| |
|Marriage information||Church Records|| |
|Occupations||Church Records||Probate, Occupations|
|Other family members||Church Records||Census, Probate|
|Parents||Church Records||Census, Probate|
|Physical description||Military Records||Biography, Genealogy|
|Place-finding aids||Postal and Shipping Guides||Gazetteers, Maps,|
|Place of residence||Church Records||Geographical Names Census, Taxation|
|Previous research||Genealogy, Periodicals||Biography, History, Archives and Libraries|
|Record-finding aids||Archives and Libraries||Bibliography, Genealogy|
|Religion||Church Records||Minorities, Encyclopedias and Dictionaries|
|Social activities||Social Life and Customs||