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Record Finder

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

  1. In column 1, find your goal.
  2. In column 2, find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.
  3. In column 3, find additional records that may be useful.
What you are looking for: Try these records first: Other useful records:
Age
Birth date and birthplace
Birth dates
Death information
Deaths
Emigration information
Ethnicity
Immigration dates
Language helps
Living relatives
Maiden name
Marriage
Municipal origins and boundaries
Naming customs
Occupations
Parents, children, and other family members
Places of residence
Record-finding aids
Religion

Record Types and Beginning Dates

Record Type (English) Record Type (Japanese) Records Begin
Household registration Koseki 1875
Buddhist death registration Kakocho 1675
Christian church Kirisuto Kyokai kiroku 1875
Religious inquisiiton census Shumonno 1650
Pilgrimage Dankaicho 1550
Compiled histories; family and clan genealogies Keizu 800
Emigrant passenger lists; Assorted papers on emigrant shipping Ryokaku meibo to imin unsosen mondai zakken 1875
Village Murakata kiroku 1600
Tombstone inscriptions Bohi-mei 1600
Enshrined patriots Senshisha meibo 1875
Feudal government calendars Daimyocho 1525