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 FamilySearch Catalog.
| Search Tactic...
|| Look First In...
|| Then Search...
| 1. Family Sources
|| See “1. Search Family Sources” in Part 2
| 2.General records of previous research
|| Genealogy, Periodicals
|| Biography, Societies
| 3.Local records of previous research
|| History, Genealogy, Biography, Periodicals, Societies
|| Probate Records, Archives and Libraries
| 4.Local original records
|| Obituaries, Church Records, Vital Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Cemeteries
|| Newspapers, Business Records and Commerce, Probate Records, Voting Registers, Court Records, Land and Property
| 5.Immigration information
|| Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Societies
|| Obituaries, Census, History, Newspapers, Voting Registers, Military Records, Church Records
| 6.Records of other jurisdictions
|| Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Military Records
|| Land and Property, Pensions
| 7.Determine country, state, or region of origin
|| Emigration and Immigration, History, Biography, Naturalization and Citizenship, Societies, Vital Records
|| Census, Obituaries, Periodicals, Newspapers, Military Records, Business Records and Commerce, Pensions
| 8.Trace relatives and neighbors
|| Census, Emigration and Immigration, History, Genealogy, Societies
|| Vital Records, Newspapers, Obituaries, Biography