Wales Record Selection Table

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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
Noble families Nobility Genealogy
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