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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

State Research, Genealogy Seminars and the CCC

Sorry for not blogging for the last 10 days!

Last week was the Florida State Genealogical Conference and my genealogy blogging buddy Pam and I were both attendees and speakers! Our friend Cathy always comes and it ends up being a genalogy pajama party!

It was great seeing old friends, attend informative presentations and make new friends. One of the benefits of belonging to a genealogy society is not only interacting with others who share your interest in 'hunting dead people' but also the educational opportunities.

The keynote speak was nationally known professional genealogist Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck. He gave many lectures over the two days but the one I enjoyed the most was on the War of 1812. Did you know that Peoria Illinois was burnt to the ground? Check out the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Site.

Here are this week's tips.

Sunday November 13
Monday November 14
  • The Civilian Conservation Corporation was a New Deal public work relief program similar to the WPA.
  • It provided work for unskilled young men who could not find work during the Great Depression.
  • The CCC created 800 parks, planted over 3 million trees and updated state parks
  • Check out Cyndi's List for more information on the CCC.

Tuesday November 15
  • Researching Pennsylvania ancestors who served in the military?
  • Check out the Pennsylvania State Archives online records.
Wednesday November 16
  • Oklahoma became a state on this date in 1907
  • Did you know that there are 18 Oklahoma counties that no longer exist? 
  • Check out the Oklahoma GenWeb Site for the list and more!
Thursday November 17
Friday November 18
  • Starting to research in South Dakota?
  • Check out the State Archives a variety of records including Civil War ancestors who fought for the North or the South.
Saturday November 19
  • There are four basic types of French records
  • Vital
  • Notarial
  • Military
  • Emigration 
My biggest tip this week is to find a local genealogy society meeting to attend, you will not be sorry.

Take Care,

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