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May 2021 Meeting – The WPA Era: Free Records Boon from the Government-Paula Stuart-Warren

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The WPA Era: Free Records Boon from the Government

During tough economic times in the 1930s and 1940s, government programs put many people to work. The Works Progress/Projects Administration created a goldmine of records that are useful for today’s genealogists. WPA record transcriptions, courthouse and manuscript inventories, indexes, city/county histories, and histories of businesses and families may exist for your ancestral locale. We will discuss many of those WPA creations, some of which you already use regularly, and where others may be found today. We will also discuss the online explosion of WPA materials.

Speaker: Paula Stuart-Warren

You might look at her and think that she is an average Midwestern woman. Part of that is true but she is far from average. First of all, Paula is a workaholic who loves her profession and loves to get others excited about their family history. Paula works full time in the area of genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. She has been a Board-certified genealogist since 1988, passing the every-five-year renewal assessments by the national Board for Certification of Genealogists. She is a firm believer in continuing education in genealogy and strives to keep up-to-date by participating in national and local conferences, reading the publications of many genealogical and historical organizations and individuals both off and online. She completed the week-long U.S. National Institute of Genealogical Research held at the National Archives in Washington, DC.


May 14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm