“The WPA Era: A Free Boon for Research” – By Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

May 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pduGqrj0rGNxlJr_S6HqLwve0bvDvRoWv


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.


Paula Stuart-Warren, Certified Genealogist®, FMGS, FUGA

Paula is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher, and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American research, the WPA, and railroad records. She spends extensive research time at libraries, courthouses, libraries, state archives, historical societies, and at various locations of the National Archives. She is a long-time course coordinator and instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and currently the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She has presented courses for Research Write Connect Academy, Ancestry Academy, Family Tree University, and continues to present virtual seminars and webinars across the U.S. and in Canada. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a former president of the Northland Chapter of APG. She has been a Board-Certified Genealogist since 1988. Her U.S. ancestors came from eight ancestral countries and she has researched family connections across the U.S. and Canada. Her Illinois connections are in Cook, Jo Daviess, Kane, and Winnebago counties. She currently has her own educational website and blog at http://genealogybypaula.com and is enthusiastic about sharing knowledge and continuing education.

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