Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Dust Bowl and Your Family History

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Take a look at the UpFront at the NGS blog article by Diane L. Richard posted on November 14, 2012.  Titled "The Dust Bowl -- a Natural Disaster Which Affected Many -- Also Affects Family History Research!", Richard alerted readers to the program on public television this Sunday.  She wrote:
"This Sunday on PBS starts a 2-part Ken Burns series about the Dust Bowl! I plan to watch it. Though I had no family affected by this disaster, I am very curious to learn more about it – both what caused it and also how it impacted those directly affected. The extent of my knowledge are the hardships conveyed in The Grapes of Wrath (by John Steinbeck) which I was required to read in high school. Though I did find it a gripping tale (even if unfathomable to a New Englander) I didn't have the perspective I have now of more fully appreciating how scary natural disasters can be, the hardships that result and the impact on genealogical research which may ensue."  [Read more]
Richard also provided several websites that talk about genealogical research and that may help if you are doing family research during this period.

Whether or not your ancestors were affected by the Dust bowl, the stories about what people endured in this natural disaster are nevertheless moving. 

Posted by Denise H. Richmond

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