What do the Bryce Canyon Airport Hangar in Bryce Canyon, Utah, the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California, and the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfok, Virginia, all have in common? They are all Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects, created to ease the financial burdens of millions of unemployed Americans affected by the Great Depression. But did you know this initiative also included projects that have greatly impacted family history research?In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order creating the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was just one of many Great Depression relief programs that put unemployed Americans (mostly men) to work building roads, bridges, schools, playgrounds, post offices, hospitals, dams, and other resources still in use today. The projects went beyond basic infrastructure. Unemployed creative arts and academic professionals such as writers, actors, musicians, and painters were given jobs writing and …Read more
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If you have German ancestors in your family tree, or if you have worked on German research for anyone else, you may have noticed that Germany is a country that doesn't include national indexes to their records. In order to conduct research for your German ancestors you need to know the specific town or city where your family lived, and also usually the parish they attended. Since parish churches could cover several nearby towns, the parish where your ancestors' records are located might be different from where they actually lived.You're also probably aware that shifting boundaries over the course of history affect your research as well. Your ancestors might have said they were from Germany, but the town they were from might now be in modern-day Poland (for example). Or the place they lived might have changed names over time (sometimes more than once). And then there are the spellings of town names. If your ancestors emigrated from Germany to another location, you might have found …Read more
In genealogy research, as we've mentioned before, it is important to leave no stone unturned. You want to look for every available record about your ancestors, and that includes looking for the obvious sources (like census records and vital records), and then you also want to look for the less obvious sources (like newspapers, military service records, land transactions, etc.). We've written about several of these less-obvious sources before, and today we have another one to talk about: Funeral Home records. Funeral home records can be a great source for biographical details about our ancestors. Although undertakers have been around for centuries, funeral homes began operating at the turn of the 20th century and, most importantly to genealogists, generated records to keep track of the financial transactions. These ledger records evolved to include genealogical information that can substantiate what was included on a death certificate or in an obituary, or even act as a substitute when …Read more