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Age Church Records, Civil Registration, Jewish Records Obituaries, Naturalization and Citizenship, Schools
Birth date and birthplace Church Records, Civil Registration, Jewish Records Obituaries, Occupations, Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Schools, Military Records
Boundaries (parish, district, or county) Gazetteers, Church History Maps, History, Historical Geography
Death information Church Records, Civil Registration, Jewish Records, Obituaries, Newspapers Probate Records, Court Records, Occupations, Cemeteries
Emigration information Emigration and Immigration, Societies, Military Records, Periodicals, Newspapers See the FamilySearch Wiki article for the country to which the ancestor immigrated.
Historical background History, Church History Societies
Language helps Language and Languages Handwriting
Living relatives Directories, Genealogy Societies, Periodicals
Maiden name Church Records, Civil Registration Jewish Records, Obituaries
Marriage information Church Records, Civil Registration, Jewish Records Genealogy, Periodicals, Nobility, Newspapers
Naming customs Names (Personal) Genealogy, Periodicals
Noble families Nobility, Heraldry Biography, Periodicals
Occupations Church Records, Occupations, Directories, Population Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Church Directories, Dwellings
Parents, children, and other family members Church Records, Civil Registration, Obituaries, Jewish Records Probate Records, Land and Property, Naturalization and Citizenship
Physical description Military Records, Biography Genealogy, Emigration and Immigration
Place-finding aids Gazetteers, Maps Historical Geography
Places of residence Population, Church Records, Emigration and Immigration, Directories, Jewish Records, Military Records Biography, Genealogy, Census, Dwellings, Land and Property, Periodicals Names (Personal)
Previous research (compiled genealogy) Genealogy, Periodicals, Societies History, Biography, Nobility, Dwellings
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Church History, Church Directories Societies, Periodicals
Religion Church Records History
Social activities Social Life and Customs History