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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)
    Works dealing with the residential buildings of those places, or under names of particular ethnic groups or classes of persons for discussion of their swellings from the standpoint of acrchitecture, constructions, ethnology, etc.
  • Emigration and immigration (1)
    Works that discuss the movements of persons across international boundaries from a particular place and/or to a  particular place.
  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries (1)
    Works which treat comprehensively a particular locality.
  • Ethnology (1)
    Works which treat the races and their origins (including caste systems), distinctive characteristics, relations and distribution. See also Dwellings and Social life and customs.
  • Folklore (1)
    Stories, tales, and oral traditions of a people and for works discussing them. For myths see also Religion and religious life.
  • Funeral homes (1)
    Records pertaining to funeral homes or mortuaries including history and business records of funeral homes, burial expenses, and information on the deceases. See also Obituaries for deaths reported in newspapers, Vital records for deaths recorded in civil records, etc., Church records for funerals recorded in records of a church, and Cemeteries for works dealing with places of burial.
  • Gazetteers (1)
    For dictionaries of geographic names of those places, with descriptions. See also Names, Geographical and Postal and shipping guides.
  • 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)