Tracing Immigrants Origin Record Selection Table

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Records Selection Table

This table can help you decide which records to search. In Column 1, find the search tactic you selected. In Column 2, find the record types that are most likely to have the information you need. Then turn to that record type in this section. Additional records that may be useful are in Column 3. The terms used in both Columns 2 and 3 are the same as the record headings used in this portal and the subject headings used in the Family History Library Catalog.

1. Search Tactic...

2. Look First In...

3. Then Search...

1. Survey general previous research

Genealogy, Societies


2. Search nationwide records

Civil Registration, Census, Church Records, Names, Personal

Taxation, Directories, Periodicals

3. Search departure records

Emigration and Immigration, Population

History, Newspapers, Court Records, Military Records

4. Localize the surname

Names Personal, Directories, Societies

Civil Registration, [[Tracing Immigrants Origin Census| Census], Periodicals

5. Search regional records

Church Records, Civil Registration, Genealogy, History, [[Tracing Immigrants Origin Societies| Societies], Periodicals, Court Records

[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Directories| Directories], [[Tracing Immigrants Origin Census| Census], Newspapers, Taxation, [[Tracing Immigrants Origin Military_Records| Military Records], Land and Property

6. Search local records

[[Tracing Immigrants Origin Church_Records| Church Records], Civil Registration, History, [[Tracing Immigrants Origin Census| Census]

Genealogy, Periodicals, Societies, Newspapers, Probate Records, Taxation, Court Records, Population, Land and Property

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