Source Checklist for Genealogy Research

For each ancestor I research, I put together a “source checklist”.  This helps me keep on track and helps me keep organized.

Before starting my search, I need to find out what is available and where to find it. For researching in the United States:


Source Checklist – For each ancestor, I look for the following sources to find specific information on each one.

  • Ask Family Members
  • Federal Census – what census years should they appear?
  • State Census – what state census records should they appear, if any?
  • County Records – what counties did they live in? and when?
  • Birth
  • Marriage
  • Death
  • Military Draft
  • Military Service
  • Military Pension
  • Naturalization
  • Immigration
  • City Directories
  • Tax Rolls
  • Land Records
  • Wills & Probate (County)
  • Other Court
  • County / Local Histories
  • Newspapers
  • Yearbooks
  • Published Family Histories
  • Online Family Trees



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