Genealogy Record Reference Cheat Sheets

Don’t waste time searching for records that don’t exist—these cheat sheets list available records and time periods.

Here’s a list of the cheat sheets currently available in this category. Check back often as we’ll continue to add new ones.

  • Naturalization Laws Timeline
  • Records Checklist
  • War Service Reference Guide
  • Where to Look for 1880 DDD Supplemental Census Records
  • Vital Records Chart

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Naturalization Laws Timeline

What laws might have affected your ancestors when they immigrated to America? Knowing the restrictions and guidelines in place will help you identify records to consult.

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Records Checklist

Think you’ve hit a brick wall? Don’t assume you’re stuck yet—use this rundown of record types to guide you to other records you haven’t checked.

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War Service Reference Guide

From the American Revolution to the Vietnam War, most families have members who served in the military. View a timeline of US conflicts, plus our birth date chart serves as a quick guide to telling which major war your ancestor likely served in.

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Where to Look for 1880 DDD Supplemental Census Records

This state-by-state listing helps you find the 1880 supplemental schedules of “defective, dependent and delinquent classes” for your ancestor’s state.

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Vital Records Chart

See at a glance the years that each US state began keeping state-level birth, marriage and death records. (Note that many counties began recording these events earlier.)

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