Northern California Genealogy

Research Checklist

Name:


Alternate Spellings:
Location:
Time Period:
Parents:
Spouse:
Children:

BEGIN
____ Family Members ____ International Genealogical Index (IGI) (web) ____ sfgenealogy.com (web)
____ Family Bibles ____ Rootsweb World Connect (web) ____ google.com (web)
____ Family Photograph Albums ____ Ancestry.com (web)


PRE-GOLD RUSH (1849)
Spain/Mexico Padrones (Census)
____1770s ____1780s ____1790s ____1800s ____1810s
____1820s ____1830s ____1840s ____California Pioneer Index


CENSUS
____1852 (California) ____1860 ____1870 ____1880
____1900 ____1910 ____1920 ____1930
____Mortality
Schedule
____Special
Censuses
____1890 Veterans
Schedule
____Orphanages


INDEXES
____Birth ____Marriage ____Divorce ____Death ____Cemetery
____Newspaper ____Voter Registration


RECORDS
BIRTH
_____ Birth Records 
(certificate, delayed, amended)
_____ Church Records (baptism)

MARRIAGE
_____ Marriage Records (license, certificate)
_____ Church Records (marriage)
_____ Divorce Records

DEATH
_____ Death Certificate
_____ Death Records 
(medical examiner/coroner inquest)
_____ Probate Records (will)
_____ Probate Records (estate sales)
_____ Probate Records (inventory)
_____ Probate Records (guardianship)
_____ Mortuary/Crematorium
_____ Cemetery Records
_____ Tombstone
_____ Newspapers/Obituaries
_____ Social Security Death Records
_____ Railroad Pensions

NATURALIZATION
_____ Petitions
_____ Naturalization Records
_____ Great Registers

MILITARY
_____ Branch of Service
_____ Dates of Enlistment
_____ Wars Fought
_____ Veterans Pension
_____ Widows Pension

TRAVEL
_____ Passenger Lists
_____ Passport
_____ Hotel Guests (newspapers)

ORPHANS/ADOPTIONS
_____ Adoptions
_____ Orphanages
_____ Orphan Records

DIRECTORIES
_____ City Directories
_____ Social Directories
_____ Telephone Directories

SCHOOL
_____ Enrollment Records
_____ Yearbooks
_____ Alumni Directories

PROPERTY
_____ Deeds and Abstracts
_____ Grantor/Grantee
_____ Land Grants
_____ Land Records
_____ Block Maps
_____ Fire Insurance Maps

COURTS
_____ Civil Court
_____ County Superior Court
_____ State Supreme Court
_____ U.S. District Court
_____ U.S. Supreme Court

MISCELLANEOUS
_____ Business Licenses
_____ Church Records (other)
_____ Family History/Genealogy Published
_____ Fraternal Organizations
_____ Great Registers (voting)
_____ Gun/Fishing/Hunting Permits
_____ History Books
_____ Lineage Societies
_____ Newspaper General Articles
_____ Prison/Internment Camp
_____ Tax Records

DOCUMENTS
  Source
(include author/agency, location, and any other information you need if you want to go back to it, which you probably will eventually.)
Type Date
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Courtesy of SFgenealogy (11/2005)