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Church and Local Records


This is the last of the course entitled, "European Sources for Tracing Immigrant Origins." The last group of sources which will name the immigrant are local sources in the town where he or she lived. Indeed, you will eventually need to search these records, for without them, you will not know if you have located the immigrant in his or her home country.

Also as a side-note, we donít mean to leave out your immigrant ancestors from other areas of the world, but because the records are just starting to be made available for these other areas, we will use as case studies those of Europe, Scandinavia, and the British Isles.

Local Sources

Several sources exist locally including:

  1. Civil Registrations
  2. Church Registers
  3. Census Records
  4. Tax Lists
  5. Probate Records
  6. Local History

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