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WPA Historical Records Survey

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Date: 1935 to 1943
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WPA Historical Records Survey

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) program was part of the New Deal enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to respond to the needs of relief and recovery from the Great Depression. The Historical Records Survey was a program under the WPA that created inventories and documents that have benefited genealogists ever since.

Information on the Historical Records Survey is widely available. A good summary is the twenty page manuscript of Bryan L. Mulachy, Reference Librarian.

The WikiTree pages for the Historical Records Survey

The Historical Records Survey was a massive project, sending people to archives at every municipal level and to ever part of the country. It would be unwieldy to categorize and link to all of this information on a single WikiTree page.

This main page will include information about federal records: either records housed in federal archives or records stored at a more local level that are nationwide in scope.

At the bottom of this page are links to individual state collections from the Historical Records Survey.

Federal Records

Historical Records Survey links by state

New York

New Jersey

  • New Jersey Historical Records Survey Project, and United States, eds. Guide to Vital Statistics Records in New Jersey. (Newark, NJ: Works Project Administration, 1941), Volume 2: Church Archives. * New Jersey Historical Records Survey Project, and United States, eds. Guide to Vital Statistics Records in New Jersey. (Newark, NJ: Works Project Administration, 1941), Volume 2: Church Archives.
    • The WPA compiled this index of birth/marriage/death records maintained by religious entities. The index includes the date ranges and availability of record sets in the late 1930s when it was compiled. Use this work to identify research strategies when other avenues have failed; it will not necessarily be useful for finding the current location of a record.
Records of Friesburg Emanuel Lutheran Church: Friesburg, Salem County, New Jersey, 1749–1851 (Trans. by Rev. Herman G. L. Drews ca. 1937), pub. Gloucester County Historical Society, Woodbury, N.J., 1984.




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There is a compilation of links to documents of New England states. Do not copy, author is claiming copyright over his compilation. See PDF under heading New England Publications of the Historical Records Survey. https://plymouthcolony.net/resources/periodicals.html
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