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The Family History Library Catalog includes the following main locality subject subdivisions.

The number in parentheses identifies the level at which a subject subdivision may be used:
1 = can only be used on the 1st level
2 = can be used anywhere (1st level and below)

  • Almanacs (1)
    Annual publications, ususally containing a calendar, frequesntly accompanied by astronomical data, statistics, or other information.
  • Archives and libraries (1)
    Descriptions of individual archives and libraries, museums, etc., or systems of archives and libraries.
  • Bible records (1)
    Collected records of births, marriages, or deaths; family relationships; or genealogies transcribed or copied from family Bibles.
  • Bibliography (2)
    Lists of printed books and periodicals which pertain to a specified subject.
  • Biography (2) 
    Collected biographies.
  • Buddhist history (1)
    History of the Buddhist religion in particular places or among particular peoples.
  • Buddhist records (1) 
    Records, documents, registers, etc., created by Buddhist sects. 
  • Business records and commerce (1)
    Account books, ledgers, and other papers created in the course of business.
  • Cemeteries (1)
    Works dealing with places of burial; transcripts, rubbings etc., of tombstones and monuments; sexton's records; landscaping and design of graveyards; and works explaining how to transcribe or take rubbings.
  • Census (1)
    Official counts of the population of a place, generally including names, vital statistics, or other classified information relating to social and economic conditions or discussions of the same.
  • Centennial celebrations, etc. (1)
    Celebrations of historic events, anniversaries, etc., including those 50 years or over 100 years.
  • Chronology (2)
    Works discussing dates, calendars, measurement and recording of days, months, and years, etc.
  • Church directories (1)
    Alphabetical or classified lists containing addresses, names of officials, etc., of Christian churches.
  • Church history (1)
    The history of the Christian church in particular places or among particular peoples.
  • Church records (1)
    Records, documents, registers, etc., created by Christian churches.
  • Civil registration (1)
    Compilations of records of births, marriages, and deaths made by civil authorities. For the United States and Canada, see the subdivision Vital records
  • Colonization (1)
    Works about colonization; classes of persons, ethnic groups, and lists of person's names who are being transplanted to establish colonies in new lands.
  • Concentration camps (1)
    Works pertaining to those institutions whose function it is to detain groups of people distinguished by their race, religion, national origin, etc.
  • Correctional institutions (1)
    Works pertaining to those institutions whose function it is to rehabilitate or neutralize deviant behavior. Includes lists of inmates and other records of these institutions.
  • Court records (2)
    Proceedings, actions, discussions, etc. of a judicial body. See also Guardianship, Land and property, Naturalization and citizenship, Orphans and orphanages, and Probate Records
  • Description and travel (1)
    Geographies or works describing conditions or features, including personal impressions of them.
  • Directories (2)
    Alphabetical or classified lists containing the names and addresses of the inhabitants or organizations of a place. See also Church directories.
  • Divorce records (1)
    Compilations of marriage dissolution proceedings and records of divorces and annulments. For records made by religious institutions, see Church records.
  • Dwellings (1)
  • Emigration and immigration (1)
  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries (1)
  • Ethnology (1)
  • Folklore (1)
  • Funeral homes (1)
  • Gazetteers (1)
  • Genealogy (2)
  • Guardianship (1)
  • Handwriting (1)
  • Heraldry (1)
  • Hindu history (1)
  • Hindu records (1)
  • Historical geography (1)
  • History (2)
  • Islamic history (1)
  • Islamic records (1)
  • Jewish history (1)
  • Jewish records (1)
  • Land and property (1)
  • Language and languages (1)
  • Law and legislation (1)
  • Manors (1)
  • Maps (2)
  • Medical records (1)
  • Merchant marine (1)
  • Migration, Internal (1)
  • Military history (1)
  • Military records (1)
  • Minorities (1)
  • Names, Geographical (1)
  • Names, Personal (1)
  • Native races (1)
  • Naturalization and citizenship (1)
  • Newspapers (2)
  • Nobility (1)
  • Notarial records (1)
  • Obituaries (1)
  • Occupations (1)
  • Officials and employees (1)
  • Orphans and orphanages (1)
  • Pensions (2)
  • Periodicals (2)
  • Politics and government (1)
  • Poor houses, poor law, etc. (1)
  • Population (1)
  • Postal and shipping guides (1)
  • Probate records (1)
  • Public records (1)
  • Religion and religious life (1)
  • Schools (1)
  • Shinto history (1)
  • Shinto records (1)
  • Slavery and bondage (1)
  • Social life and customs (1)
  • Societies (2)
  • Statistics (2)
  • Taxation (1)
  • Town records (1)
  • Visitations, heraldic (1)
  • Vital records (1)
  • Voting registers (1)
  • Yearbooks (2)