The Gene Pool: Sources of Genealogical Information
Sources of Genealogical Information

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These lists were compiled by Joanne Todd of KindredKeepsakes
You may use these lists only for your own genealogical research.
They may not be republished without permission of the author.

If you are looking for a specific piece of information, use this reference:

AGE: Census, Vital Records, Cemeteries, Military Records, Taxation, Obituaries

BIRTH DATE: Vital Records, Church Records, Bible Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries, Census, Newspapers, Military Records

BIRTH PLACE: Vital Records, Church Records, Census, Newspapers, Obituaries, Military Records

CITY OR PARISH OF FOREIGN BIRTH: Church Records, Genealogy, Biography, Obituaries, Naturalization and Citizenship, Emigration and Immigration, Vital Records, History


DEATH: Vital Records, Cemeteries, Probate Records, Church Records, Obituaries, Newspapers, Military Records, Court Records, Land and Property

DIVORCE: Court Records, Divorce Records, Newspapers, Vital Records

ETHNICITY: Minorities, Native Races, Societies, Church Records, Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: History, Periodicals, Genealogy, Church History, Minorities

IMMIGRATION OR EMIGRATION DATE: Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Genealogy, Census, Biography, Newspapers, Church Records

MAIDEN NAME: Vital Records, Church Records, Newspapers, Bible Records, Military Records, Cemeteries, Probate Records, Obituaries

MARRIAGE: Vital Records, Church Records, Census, Newspapers, Bible Records, Biography, Genealogy, Military Records, Probate Records, Land and Property, Nobility.

OCCUPATION: Census, Directories, Emigration and Immigration, Civil registration, Occupations, Probate Records, Newspapers, Court Records, Obituaries, Officials and Employees

PARENTS, CHILDREN & OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS: Vital Records, Church Records, Census, Probate Records, Obituaries, Bible Records, Newspapers, Emigration and Immigration, Land and Property

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Military Records, Biography, Court Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Civil Registration, Church Records, Emigration and Immigration, Genealogy, Newspapers

PLACE-FINDING AIDS: Gazetteers, Maps, Directories, History, Periodicals, Land and Property, Taxation

PLACE (TOWN) OF RESIDENCE WHEN YOU KNOW ONLY THE STATE: Census, Genealogy, Military Records, Vital Records, Church Records, Directories, Biography, Probate Records, History, Land and Property, Taxation

PLACES FAMILY HAS LIVED: Census, Land and Property, History, Military Records, Taxation, Obituaries

PREVIOUS RESEARCH (Compiled Genealogy): Genealogy, Periodicals, History, Biography, Societies, Nobility

RECORD-FINDING AIDS: Archives and Libraries, Societies, Genealogy, Periodicals

RELIGION: Church Records, History, Biography, Civil Registration, Bible Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries, Genealogy

This list includes many of the most common types of records used in genealogical research:

BIRTH: Church Records, Certificate of Birth, Family Bible

CENSUS: Agricultural, Federal, Mortality Schedule, State

CHURCH: Annulment, Baptismal, Banns, Birth, Blessing, Burial, Christening, Confirmation, Death, Divorce, Marriage, Membership Lists, Minister's Records, Minutes, Mission Reports, Mission Release, Ordination, Transfers

COLLECTIONS: DAR, Historical Society, Museums

COURT: Case Files, Convictions, Decrees, Dockets, Judgements, Minutes, Orders

COURT RELATED: Jail, Jury, Justice of the Peace, Lawyer's Briefs, Police/Sheriff

DEATH RECORDS: Autopsy Reports, Cemetery Records, Church Records, Coroner/Police, Death Certificate, Funeral Home Records, Funeral Program, Obituary, Tombstone Photo/Rubbing

DIRECTORIES: City, Schools, Telephone

EMPLOYMENT: Apprenticeships, Applications, Disciplinary, Indentures, Licenses, Pensions, Personnel, Retirement, Service Awards, Social Security, Union

HEALTH: Hospital Records, Immunizations, Nursing Homes, Medical Records

HISTORIES: Local/County, Family

IMMIGRANT: Alien Registration, Citizenship Papers, Crew Lists, Customs Records, Deportation, Immigr. Aid Societies, Letter Books, Log Books, Naturalization, Passenger Lists, Passports, Protocols, Register of Seamen, Vaccinations, Visas

INDEXES: Computer File Index, Family Group Archive, Temple Index Bureau

INSTITUTIONS: Charities, Convents, Genealogical Societies, Hospitals, Libraries, Missions Societies, Orphanages, Schools, Seminaries

INSURANCE: Accident, Automobile, Fire, Health, Life, Marine

LAND: Deeds, Donation Land Claims, Homestead Records, Land Grants, Leases, Maps, Mortgages, Patents, Surveys, Water Rights

LEGAL PAPERS: Abstracts of Titles, Auctions, Bankruptcy, Bonds, Contracts, Guardianship, Loans, Subpoena/Summons

LICENSES: Business, Drivers, Firearms, Hunting, Motor Vehicle, Occupational, Professional, Travel


MARRIAGE: Application, Banns, Church Records, Certificate, License, Returns

MARRIAGE DISSOLUTION: Annulment, Church Records, Divorce Decree, Divorce Settlement

MILITARY: Bounty Award, Citations, Court Martial, Disability, Discharge, Firearms, National Guard, Pension, Prisoner of War, Reserve, Selective Service, Separation Papers, Service, Service Ribbons/Medals, Uniform

NEWSPAPER: Advertisements, Anniversaries, Announcements, Birth, Business Page, Death, Funeral Notices, Genealogy Column, Gossip, Historical, Indexes, Local News, Marriages, Obituaries (Local, Hometown, Church/Fraternal/Trade Publications), Society Page, Special Events, Vital Statistics

PERSONAL: Baby Book, Biography/Memoirs, Diaries/Journals, Economic Records, Family Records, Family Bible, Family Histories (Books), Family Histories (Oral), Heirlooms, Legal Papers, Letters, Personal Interviews, Scrapbooks, Wedding Book

PROBATE: Administration, Bonds, Guardianships, Inventories, Packets, Settlements, Wills

SCHOOL: Awards, College, Diploma, Elementary, Graduate School, Graduation, High School, Honor Roll, School Publications (Yearbook/Newspaper), Report Cards, Scholarships, Transcripts

TAX: Income Tax, Personal Property Tax, Poll Tax, Poor Tax, Real Estate Tax, School Tax
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