Topics in detail
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These are available in GENUKI; some are not used frequently. How information is classified is an art rather than a science with some subjective choices needed. Be sure to browse various likely topics.
Annual publications, usually containing a calendar, frequently accompanied by astronomical data, statistics, or other information.
- Archives and libraries
Descriptions of individual archives and libraries, museums, etc., or systems of archives and libraries.
Lists of printed books and periodicals which pertain to a specified subject.
- Business records and commerce
Account books, ledgers, and other papers created in the course of business.
Works dealing with places of burial; transcripts, rubbings etc., of tombstones and monuments; sexton's records; landscaping and design of graveyards; and works explaining how to transcribe or take rubbings.Note that more specific entries may be located in Memorial Inscriptions and Monumental Inscriptions
Official counts of the population of a place, generally including names, vital statistics, or other classified information relating to social and economic conditions or discussions of the same.
Records of local charitable groups or institutions
Works discussing dates, calendars, measurement and recording of days, months, and years, etc.
Normally used to record automatically the churches in the Church Database
- Church directories
Alphabetical or classified lists containing addresses, names of officials, etc., of Christian churches.
- Church history
The history of the Christian church in particular places or among particular peoples.
- Church records
Records, documents, registers, etc., created by Christian churches.
- Civil registration
Compilations of records of births, marriages, and deaths made by civil authorities. For the United States and Canada, see the subdivision Vital records.
Works about colonization; classes of persons, ethnic groups, and lists of person's names who are being transplanted to establish colonies in new lands.
- Community Websites
Locally based and created sites with local history or genealogy information
- Correctional institutions
Works pertaining to those institutions whose function it is to rehabilitate or neutralize deviant behavior. Includes lists of inmates and other records of these institutions.
- Court records
Proceedings, actions, discussions, etc. of a judicial body. See also Guardianship, Land and property, Naturalization and citizenship, Orphans and orphanages, and Probate Records.
- Description and travel
Geographies or works describing conditions or features, including personal impressions of them.
Alphabetical or classified lists containing the names and addresses of the inhabitants or organizations of a place. See also Church directories.
Works dealing with the residential buildings of those places, or under names of particular ethnic groups or classes of persons for discussion of their dwellings from the standpoint of architecture, constructions, ethnology, etc.
- Emigration and immigration
Works that discuss the movements of persons across international boundaries from a particular place and/or to a particular place.
- Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Works which treat comprehensively a particular locality.
Works which treat the races and their origins (including caste systems), distinctive characteristics, relations and distribution. See also Dwellings and Social life and customs.
Stories, tales, and oral traditions of a people and for works discussing them. For myths see also Religion and religious life.
For dictionaries of geographic names of those places, with descriptions. See also Names, Geographical and Postal and shipping guides.
For collected family histories and ancestral research. Also, for treatments or discussion of how to do genealogy. For the genealogy of one family use the name of the family in a surname search or a subject search.
For court decisions, legal records, and discussions regarding guardianship.
Works dealing with the study of early forms of handwriting or for the deciphering of manuscripts.
Works dealing with the devising, granting, or using of armorial insignia.
- Historical geography
For histories of an area in terms of the changes occurring in its territorial limits.
For descriptions and explanations of past events within a particular field of knowledge, or in a particular place. See also Centennial celebrations.
- Jewish history
For the history of the Jews or Jewish communities in particular places or among particular peoples.
- Jewish records
For records, documents, registers, etc., created by or about Jews.
- Land and property
For works dealing with ownership, transfer, deeds, mortgages, brands, etc., of land or other property.
- Language and languages
For grammars, learning aids, discussions, etc., of spoken languages.
- Law and legislation
For laws, codes, ordinances, etc., and discussion of them. See also Poorhouses, poor law, etc.
For works dealing with manors or manorial estates.
For individual maps or for collections of maps. See also Historical geography.
- Medical records
For works dealing with medical histories, lists of patients, etc., of hospitals, doctors, midwives, etc.
- Memorial Inscriptions
Specific references to memorials within churches, although many transcriptions do not make a clear distinction
- Merchant marine
For works dealing with privately or publicly owned commercial ships, their personnel, records, etc. See also Business records and commerce.
- Migration, Internal
For movement of a people within a single country.
- Military history
For historical accounts of battles and armed forces.
- Military records
For muster rolls, service records, etc., of armed forces.
For racial, foreign, or religious segments of the populations in an area.
- Monumental Inscriptions
For transcripts etc of text on graves and headstones
- Names, Geographical
For discussions of the origin, history, validity, etc. of geographical names. See also Gazetteers.
- Names, Personal
For discussions of origin, history, validity, etc., of individual proper names, including names of persons or deities.
- Naturalization and citizenship
For records, laws, and discussions of citizenship, and for works dealing with qualifications, processes, etc. of becoming a citizen of a country and records resulting from such processes.
Used under names of regions, countries, cities, etc. and also under topical subdivisions. See also Obituaries.
For lists of peers, nobility, royal families, etc., with their genealogy, history, titles, etc.
For notices of deaths, especially in newspapers, with biographical sketches, and for necrologies.
For works pertaining to jobs or career possibilities occurring in particular places. Also for records of discussions of guilds, unions, apprenticeship, etc.
- Officials and employees
For the public employees of individual governments, international agencies, or government administered institutions.
- Orphans and orphanages
For works dealing with orphans (foundlings), institutions for the care, etc. See also Court records, Guardianship, and Probate records.
For compensations to employees, workers, tradesmen, etc., for retirement, disabilities, reparation, etc. For compensations made to veterans of the armed services see Military Records - Pensions.
For serials issued indefinitely at regular intervals, generally more frequently than annually, each issue of which normally contains separate articles or other writings.
- Politics and government
For works on political or governmental matters relating to the jurisdictions or people in question.
- Poor houses, poor law, etc.
For works pertaining to those institutions whose function it is to care for the poor. Includes lists of inmates, poor law records, removal and settlement papers, etc. See also Medical records.
For statistical studies of the characteristics of human population of particular places, especially with reference to the size and density, growth, distribution, migration, and vital statistics and the effect of all these on social and economic conditions.
- Postal and shipping guides
For lists of post offices, railroad stations, ports, terminals, etc. See also Gazetteers.
- Probate records
For wills, settlements, court proceedings, laws, etc., dealing with the estates of the deceased. See also Guardianship.
- Public records
For records created by civil authorities that are not specifically designated to be cataloged under other subject subdivisions.
- Religion and religious life
For general works on religion and religious practices and customs of regions, countries, cities, etc. For works about specific religious subdivisions see the name of the religion, e.g. Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Shintoism, etc.
For works dealing with educational institutions or their records.
- Social life and customs
For works discussing the folkways, manners, customs, ceremonies, popular traditions, etc., in regions, countries, cities, etc. See also Religion and religious life.
For works discussing societies active within regions, countries, cities, etc. Also for works discussing institutions, organizations, or societies active in a particular subject field.
For compilations of numerical data about a particular place or topic.
For discussions of the tax system of the place in question and for records generated as a result of the administration of the tax system.
- Town records
For records created by civil governments or works dealing with them.
- Towns and Parishes
Generally used about broad information rather than specific localities
- Visitations, heraldic
For works which determine and authenticate pedigrees and the rights of people to bear coats of arms, such as the visits of the heralds of the College of Arms.
- Vital records
These are placed under church records eg birth, marriages, deaths]
- Voting Records
For processes about voting
- Voting registers
For lists of registered voter
- War Memorial Inscriptions
Specific locations of or listings from such memorials.
For publications appearing annually, each volume of which summarizes those accomplishments or events of the year.
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