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Channel Islands Record Finder

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Beginning Research
Record Types
By Island
Channel Islands Background
Local Research Resources

This table can help you decide which records to search using the following steps:

Step 1. In column 1, find your goal.

Step 2. In column 2, find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.

Step 3. In column 3, find additional records that may be useful.

What you are looking for: Try these records first: Other useful records:
Age Census, Civil Registration, Church Records Cemeteries, Obituaries, Military Records
Birth date Civil Registration, Church Records Obituaries, Newspapers, Military Records
Birthplace Census, Civil Registration, Church Records Obituaries, Newspapers, Military Records
Place of foreign birth (not Channel Islands) Church Records, Census Emigration and Immigration, Military Records
Boundaries (parish, district, or county) Gazetteers Maps, History
Death information Civil Registration, Church Records, Obituaries, Newspapers, Cemeteries Probate Records, Court Records, Land and Property, Military Records
Emigration information See the FamilySearch Wiki article for the country to which the ancestor immigrated. Emigration and Immigration, Church Records
Historical background History, Genealogy Church History
Language helps Languages
Living relatives Directories, Civil Registration Societies, Newspapers
Maiden name Civil Registration, Church Records Obituaries, Newspapers, Cemeteries
Marriage information Church Records, Civil Registration, Genealogy Newspapers, Biography, Cemeteries
Naming customs Names (Personal)
Noble families
Occupation Church Records, Census, Directories, Civil Registration, Probate Records Court Records, Military Records
Parents, children, and other family members Census, Obituaries, Probate Records Church Records, Newspapers, Civil Registration
Physical description Military Records, Court Records Church Records, Newspapers, Civil Registration
Place-finding aids Gazetteers, Directories, Maps History, Land and Property
Places of residence Census, Church Records, Directories Land and Property, Probate Records
Place of residence when you know only the county Directories, Census, Probate Records, Civil Registration Church Records
Previous research (compiled genealogy) Biography, Genealogy, Societies
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Genealogy Societies
Religion Church Records, Biography, Obituaries, Civil Registration Cemeteries, Genealogy, History, Probate Records
Social activities History Societies