Wales Record Selection Table
This table can help you decide which records to search. It is most helpful for research from 1800 to the present.
"Step 1. In column 1 select a research goal. Choose an ancestor you would like to know more about. What new information would you like to learn about that person?
Step 2. In column 2 find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.
- > Read the FamilySearch Wiki articles about those types of records. They explain what the records might tell you, how to search them, and how to find them in the Family History Library Catalog. Some records are not at the library.
Step 3. In column 3 find additional record types that may be useful.
- > Records of previous research (such as Genealogy, Biography, History, Periodicals, and Societies) are useful for most goals but are not listed unless they are especially helpful.
|1. 'If You Need '||2. Look First In||3. Then Search|
|Age||Census, Civil Registration, Church Records||Cemeteries, Occupations, Military Records|
|Birth date||Civil Registration, Church Records||Cemeteries, Newspapers, Biography|
|Birth place||Census, Civil Registration, Church Records||Cemeteries, Biography|
|Boundaries and origins||Gazetteers, Maps||History, Historical Geography|
|Children||Census, Church Records, Probate Records||Newspapers. Biography|
|City or parish of foreign birth||Census, Newspapers||Military Records, Cemeteries|
|Coat of arms||Heraldry||Nobility|
|Country of foreign birth||Census, Newspapers||Military Records, Cemeteries|
|Death information||Cemeteries, Civil Registration, Church Records||Probate Records, Court Records, Land and Property, Biography|
|Divorce||Civil Registration||Court Records, Newspapers|
|Emigration information||Emigration and Immigration, Periodicals||Newspapers, Church Records|
|Historical background||History, Church History||Periodicals, Historical Geography|
|Immigration date||Emigration and Immigration, Periodicals||Newspapers, Church Records|
|Language helps||Language and Languages||Archives and Libraries, Societies|
|Living relatives||Societies, Directories||Newspapers|
|Maiden name||Civil Registration, Church Records||Newspapers, Cemeteries, Biography|
|Marriage information||Civil Registration, Church Records,||Newspapers, Cemeteries, Biography|
|Naming customs||Names, Personal||Periodicals|
|Naturalization||Court Records||Naturalization and Citizenship|
|Occupations||Census, Probate Records, Civil Registration, Church Records||Directories, Court Records, Biography|
|Other family members||Census, Probate Records||Land and Property, Court Records, Biography|
|Parents||Church Records, Civil Registration, Census||Cemeteries, Newspapers, Biography|
|Physical description||Military Records, Court Records||Occupations|
|Place-finding aids||Gazetteers, Maps||History, Directories|
|Places of residence||Census, Probate Records, Church Records||Schools, Directories, Taxation|
|Place of residence when you know only the county||Genealogy, Civil Registration||Probate Records|
|Previous research||Genealogy||Biography, Societies|
|Record-finding aids||Archives and Libraries||Societies, Periodicals|
|Religion||Church History||History, Church Records|
|Social activities||History, Social Life and Customs||Newspapers|
|Language terms||Language and Languages|