Join the California State Genealogical Alliance at Jamboree 2014

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 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.

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FDR’s Alphabet Soup: Records From the Great Depression

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 
Online publications are available through
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Society Update


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 : (209) 579-2510 or GSSC : (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.

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