Genealogy Source Checklist
Today’s blog will list records associated with “Out of the Box” Collections. These are ones that you wouldn’t think of normally, at least I didn’t, until I started organizing what documents I had in my collections. So, think “out of the box” for different types of papers, applications, or groups you have participated in over your life time, your parents lifetime and all the way back to your first documented ancestor. Were you a Rainbow girl, DeMolay boy, Eastern Star Mom, Grand Mason Dad, Girl Scout, Boy Scout, Guide, or maybe even a Bluebird? These are just a few of the group record types to look for. You might find applications, project records, minute notes, and service to community notes or photographs of the groups.
Remember spelling didn’t matter in the beginning. I have created a list that we should look for in our ancestral search. You will find mention of record types from earlier post listed here. It is a reminder to search multiple locations for your records. Use the list as a guideline. You may even find or think of records that I haven’t. Add them to your list. Happy Family Researching.
“Out of the Box” Collections
The King’s Daughters 4-H
Rainbow Girls DeMolay Boys
Eastern Stars Masons
Girl Scouts Boy Scouts
Girl Guides Boy Guides
Bluebirds Friends of the Rodeo
Fellowship of Christian Cowboys Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Sons of the Confederacy (SCV)
Blue Star Moms Gold Star Moms
Work Progress Administration (WPA) Jewish Internment Camps
Italian Internment Camps German Internment Camps
Native American Reservations Historical Person’s Diary/Journal
Oral History Projects Biographies of Famous or infamous Person
Biographies of Local Hero’s Biography of…
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Political Memorabilia
Tories Whig Party
Republican Party Democratic party
Independent Party Tea party
Libertarian Party Democratic-Republican Party
Constitution Party Communist Party
National Socialist Party Peace and Freedom Party
Federalist Party Toleration Party
Liberty Party Sons of Liberty
I am sure there are many more political parties since the beginning of our nation that I probably haven’t heard of. Think “outside the box” for your ancestors locality or country. You will be surprised what papers or photographs you might find. I know I was. I found notations or news articles in my family records and letters to “The King’s Daughters,” WPA, and CCC. I even saw WPA as an occupation on a 1940 US Census record for one of my ancestors. Mine your records, Google those initials, you may be surprised what it stands for. It may not be for a person but for a group they once belonged to. That is how I found some of my ancestor’s life stories. THINK OUT OF THE BOX!
I know that there are what some call “Special Collections” (i.e., The Draper Papers) that are given to local libraries, historical societies or achieves, go find them.
Thank you to all genealogist and family researchers for your time and research. I have compiled this list from what records I have encountered in my own research, listening to podcast, webinars; reading blogs. I wish I could thank everyone individually. In my earlier years of research I did not always document who suggested a record group source. Going forward in my research, I will make every effort to identify and credit who provided the lead.