IRAD Record Types

Family History Resources in the IRAD System

Many of the local government records collected by IRAD offer a rich source of information on our ancestors. The following list suggests some of the ways in which various types of IRAD records may be used by family historians. Note: The types of records held by IRAD, and their chronological coverage, vary widely from county to county. The bulk of records in IRAD date from the 19th century, but some are as recent as the mid-20th century.


To find date and place of birth and names of parents, consult:

  • Birth Certificates (beginning 1877)
  • Birth Registers (beginning 1877)
  • Birth Certificates, Delayed


To find date, place, and cause of death, or place of burial, consult:

  • Death Certificates (beginning 1877)
  • Death Registers (beginning 1877)
  • Probate Records
  • Almshouse/Poor Farm Record
  • Cemetery Record
  • Coroner's Inquest Record


To find date and place of marriage, age, and residence of bride and groom, or consent of parent in case of minors, consult:

  • Marriage Certificates
  • Marriage Applications (beginning 1877)
  • Marriage Record
  • Marriage Licenses


To find date of dissolution of marriage and divorce proceedings and agreements, consult:

  • Circuit Court Case Files, Chancery
  • Circuit Court Record, Chancery


To find place and duration of or changes in residence, consult:

  • Assessor's Books
  • Collector's Books
  • Voters' Registration Records
  • Deed Record
  • Naturalization Petition Record

Real Property

To find amount, location, and value of real estate owned; to find sale or mortgaging of property or division among heirs, consult:

  • Assessor's Books
  • Collector's Books
  • Deed Record
  • Tax Sale Record
  • Probate Records
  • Mortgage Record

Personal Property

To find types of personal property owned, assessed valuations, mortgages, inventories and sales of estates, consult:

  • Assessor's Books
  • Probate Appraisement Record
  • Probate Sale Record
  • Probate Inventory Record
  • Probate Inventory and Appraisement Record
  • Chattel Mortgage Record


To find date of naturalization, age, nationality, date of emigration, place of residence in this country, consult:

  • Naturalization Papers
  • Naturalization Declarations of Intention
  • Naturalization Record
  • Naturalization Record of Soldiers and Minors


To find date of death, details of will, names and relationship of heirs, guardians appointed for children, widow's portion of estate, settlement of estate, and results of contested estates, consult:

  • Probate Wills
  • Probate Record
  • Probate Guardianship Record
  • Probate Widow's Relinquishment and Selection Record
  • Probate Case Files
  • Circuit Court Records, Chancery (for contested estates)

School Attendance

To find age, grade, and residence of children, consult:

  • School Schedules
  • School Pupil Registers

Court Actions

To find involvement in civil, criminal, or chancery cases, consult:

  • Circuit Court Record
  • County Court Record
  • Circuit Court Case Files
  • County Court Case Files
  • Circuit Court Index
  • County Court Index


To find name, age, residence, occupation, birthplace, and occasionally death date and place of burial of paupers, consult:

  • Almshouse Registers
  • County Hospital Record
  • Cemetery Record
  • Board of Supervisors' Minutes
  • Board of Supervisors' Proceedings Files


Records usually include names, residences, and dates of certification. Teachers' records often give age, residence, and education. Miners' records give age and years worked in mines.

  • School Teachers' Records Miners' Examining Board Records (1908-)
  • County Officials' Oaths and Bonds
  • Election Records
  • Physicians, Midwives, Nurses, Dentists, Optometrists, Veterinarians, Architects, and combined Professional Registers (most beginning 1877)
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