Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega

Here's another opportunity to attend a presentation by Gena Philibert Ortega during the coming week!

You are invited to attend this free genealogy program at the Sacramento Central Library, at 828 I Street in Sacramento, this coming Sunday:

The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy
Speaker: Gena Philibert Ortega
Sunday, September 23, 2012
1:30 - 3:00 pm, in the West Meeting Room, Central Library

Program Description:
As part of the Historical Records Survey, staff of the Works Progress Administration created indexes of historical records across the United States.  Between 1936 and 1943, unemployed teachers, writers, librarians, archivists and clerks earned on average $73 a month with HRS. They visited courthouses, archives, historical societies and libraries to analyze and compile inventories of state and county records, manuscript collections, newspapers and church archives. They got dirty in cemeteries, talked to older citizens and met with archivists and librarians.  Their mission? To conduct a national records survey consisting of guides to every state's manuscript collections and various federal records, plus a coast-to-coast master index of the collections. The project was never completed, and only about 2,000 of the inventories were even published. But much of the work - both published and unpublished - is preserved in a variety of local, state and federal repositories.  Learn more about these records and how they can help you with your research by attending this presentation.

About the Speaker
Gena Philibert Ortega holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master's degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, Gena has spoken to groups throughout California and in Utah as well as virtually to audiences in the United States and Europe. Gena is the author of over 100 articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is also the author of the books, "Putting the Pieces Together" and the "Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra" (Arcadia Publishing, 2007). Gena serves as Vice-President for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Registration for this event is preferred, but if you're not able to register - please come anyway!  You can register by sending an e-mail message to bdaugherty@saclibrary.org<mailto:bdaugherty@saclibrary.org>, by calling the library at 916-264-2920 - or by going to the library's website (www.saclibrary.org<http://www.saclibrary.org>) and clicking on the "Events" link. 

Street parking near Central Library is free on Sundays.

Hope to see you there!

Submitted by Beth Daugherty
Genealogy Services Librarian
Sacramento Public Library - Central
Ph: (916) 264-2979

posted by Denise H. Richmond

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