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History and Genealogy

Genealogy Records Selection Table

Info Needed Good Sources Possible Sources
Vital Records
Age Cemeteries , census, pension applications, vital records Military records , tax records
Birth date Census, church records, newspapers, obituaries, vital records Cemeteries , military records, obituaries, SSDI (if deceased)
Birth name ("maiden" name) Bible records, church records, newspapers, town records, vital records Cemeteries, records of sisters and aunts, military records, obituaries, pension records, personal correspondence, probate records
Birth place (especially if foreign) Census, church records, military records, obituaries, probate records, vital records Emigration and immigration records, funeral home records, newspapers
Death Cemeteries, census mortality schedules, church records, obituaries, probate and wills, vital records Bible records, military records, newspapers, Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
Divorce Court records, divorce records, vital records Newspapers
Marriage Bible records, biography, census, newspapers, church records, pension records, vital records Cemeteries, land records, military records, naturalization and citizenship records, obituaries, probate records
Place Information
County: origins and history of boundary changes Historical maps Gazetteers
Emigration/immigration info Census, emigration and immigration records, naturalization and citizenship records, periodicals History (colonization), newspapers, obituaries
Ethnic origin Bible records, census, emigration and immigration records, societies Church records, naturalization and citizenship records, periodicals
Places (where your ancestor resided) Census (indexed), directories, genealogies, land records Military records, obituaries, tax records, voter registration
Family Information
Living relatives and adoptions Court records, directories, obituaries Census, church records, newspapers, probate records
Occupation Census, death records, directories, emigration and immigration records, obituaries Court records, land records, newspapers
Family members (parents, offspring, relatives) Census, church records, court records, directories, marriage records, obituaries, probate records, vital records Bible records, biographies, emigration and immigration records, land records, newspapers
Physical description Biographies, military records, obituaries Emigration and immigration records , genealogies (compiled), naturalization and citizenship records, vital records
Religion Biographies , church records Bible records, cemeteries, genealogies, obituaries
Research compiled by others Genealogies , periodicals, societies Biographies , histories