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Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Colonial America include:
- Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns as early as 1600s
- State, territorial, and colonial censuses
- Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
- Probate records were kept by the local courts from 1600s to the present
- Churches kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
- Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
- Military records
- Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
- Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts since 1700s
- Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas