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An individual's children's names can usually be found on any of the documents listed below. If you have the minimum information required to find one of these documents, select the name of that document. The items in the list are ordered from most to least important. If you do not have the minimum information required, read the paragraph below this list.

Census records

Beginning in 1850, the census recorded each individual's name. Previously, the census only recorded for the name of the head of household. To find an individual's children's names in census records, you must at least know the individual's full name, the state, and the county in which the individual lived when the census was taken. If you are using census records for 1870 or earlier, you can probably use an index that only requires the state and surname.

Vital records

To find an individual's children's names on a vital record, such as a divorce record, you must at least know the full married name of one of the spouses, the approximate year of the divorce, and the state or county where the divorce took place, depending on when the event took place.

Church records

To find an individual's children's names in church baptism or christening records you must at least know the individual's name, and either the name of the church where the ceremony was performed or the name of the clergyman that appears on the certificate.

Newspapers

To find an individual's children's names in an obituary, you must at least know the approximate date of death, the full name of the deceased, and the state and city or town where the death took place (or where the obituary was likely to have been published).

Probate records

To find an individual's children's names in probate records, you must at least know the individual's full name at time of death, the approximate date of the death, and the county or town in which the individual lived at the time of death.

For a description of any of the records listed above, see the topic Genealogy dictionary.

To get help finding the minimum information required to locate any of the records listed above, select one of the following items:

Finding the minimum information for census records

Finding the minimum information for vital records

Finding the minimum information for church records

Finding the minimum information for newspapers

Finding the minimum information for probate records

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