Appendix C: Record Selection Table

Member’s Guide to Temple and Family History Work, (2012), 45


Use this table to determine which records would be useful in finding information about your ancestors. The first column lists important types of information about your ancestor and events in your ancestor’s life. The second and third columns show groups or organizations that may have created records about your ancestor. Check for records listed in the second column before checking for records listed in the third column.

Event

Look for These Records First

Then Look for These Records

Birth

Government: Vital records

Family: Bible records

Church: Parish records, membership records

Other: Cemeteries

Government: Census, military, taxation

Newspaper: Obituaries

Birth, foreign

Government: Census, emigration, immigration, naturalization, citizenship

Family or library: Bible, biography, genealogy

Church: Parish records, membership records

Newspaper: Obituaries

Library: Histories, maps, gazetteers

Death

Government: Death, probate Newspaper: Obituaries

Church: Parish records, membership records

Other: Cemeteries, funeral homes, hospitals

Newspaper: Articles

Government: Military, court, land and property

Marriage and maiden name

Government: Vital records

Church: Parish records, membership records

Newspaper: Announcements, obituaries

Family: Bible records

Government: Military, probate, land and property, nobility

Family or library: Biography, genealogy

Other: Cemeteries

Divorce

Government: Court records, divorce records

Newspaper: Articles

Government: Vital records

Immigration, emigration

Government: Immigration, emigration, naturalization, citizenship

Family or library: Genealogy

Government: Census

Library: Biography

Newspaper: Articles

Church: Membership records

Family members

Government: Vital records, census, probate

Church: Parish records, membership records

Newspaper: Obituaries

Family: Bible

Government: Immigration, emigration, land and property

Place of residence

Government: Census, land and property, military, vital records

Family or library: History, genealogy

Church: Parish records, membership records

Other: Directories

Government: Taxation

Newspaper: Obituaries

Religion

Church: Parish records, membership records

Library: History, biography

Government: Civil registration

Family or library: Bible records, genealogy

Newspaper: Obituaries

Other: Cemeteries