The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree is just around the corner. Once again the California State Genealogical Alliance will be a society Exhibitor (Booth #137), from Friday, June 6 to Sunday, June 8, 2014.
If your genealogical group would like to share its brochures, information on upcoming events, or lend a hand at the booth, please contact Catherine Luijt at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will incorporate your handouts as part of the display. There is no cost. Don’t miss this opportunity.
We look forward to seeing you at the conference.
Cath Madden Trindle
WPA Historical Records Survey
1935 – 1943 (NARA 69.5.6)
The Historical Records Survey was organized under the direction of Luther H Evans as part of the Federal Writer’s Project on 16th Nov 1935. It became an independent division of Federal Project 1 in October of 1936. In 1939 projects were handed off to state and local governments with oversight by the WPA’s Research and Records Program, Professional and Service Division.
Never eager to recreate what someone else has done well, I suggest you read Bryan Mulcahy’s Work’s Progress Administration (WPA) – Historical Records Survey for a good background of the Survey, a listing of its objectives and an overview of the records useful for genealogical research. Some California materials are listed below. Most are online, click on any link to go to online description or publication.
California Historical Records Survey
- Published County Surveys.
- Unpublished County Records Survey Materials
- Orange County – Collection at UC Irvine
- The California State Archives (Northern CA)
- Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California (Southern California materials)
- Archives and Libraries
- Federal Archives in the States – California (Digitized by (F) FamilySearch)
- Records at NARA – San Francisco (in San Bruno)
- Records of the San Francisco office of the Survey of Federal Archives, consisting of survey sheets
- Records relating to the WPA Ships Registry Project for ships registered between 1850 and 1910 at the port of San Francisco
- Records of Hope L. Cahill, director of the Division of Professional Service Projects, and state director, Division of Community Service Programs\.
- Records of the Division of Professional and Service Projects, Northern California office, San Francisco, 1939-42 relating to programs, activities, and achievements. Included are records concerning:
- Golden Gate International Exposition (Treasure Island, 1939)
- “This Work Pays Your Community” Week
- District Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The records include correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs and speeches.
- Records of the Survey of Federal Archives, 1936-41. (See publications above)
- Microfilm T935 – T937, Index to Reference Cards for Work Projects Administration Project Files, 1935-42(selected rolls)
- NARA – Washington DC
Online publications are available through
29 Mar – Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County – Early Spring Workshop – Family History Research: Using LDS Resources – LDS Church, 731 El Vista Ave, Modesto, CA – Jeff Wells : JEFFREYWELLS3533@Comcast.net (209) 579-2510 or GSSC : GSSC@worldnet.att.net (209) 667-0536
April 26 – Sonoma County Genealogical Society- 2014 Spring Seminar - featuring – Donna Moughty – Harry A. Merlo Theater, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Hwy 101 at River Road, Santa Rosa, CA
Apr 3 – Vallejo-Benicia Genealogy Society – Timelines and Historical Context – Check website or contact program chair for more information.