Help with US history/genealogy research

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by jlai, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. jlai

    jlai Title-less

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    I am trying to verify the employment of a person who was supposed to be a staff member of a US Congressman some time in the early 1910s. I checked the Official Register of the US, but the legislative records only included clerks of committees, reporters, etc. Not staff the individual legislators employed.

    I am thinking that maybe I should check with the whoever holds the congressman's personal papers.

    Does anyone have other suggestions? Thanks.

    (I'm not doing this for myself, but someone else I couldn't say no to. )
     
  2. purple skates

    purple skates Shadow dancing

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    If you know the legislator involved and the time, you may be able to FOIA a list of staffers. Not sure how much time or cost that would be.
     
  3. JoyCo

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    The DC Public Library has the city directories during that time period and a person's name, address, and occupation are listed. It might not list the congressman's name, but the workplace could be there. A query to the Library of Congress via the Ask a librarian link might be fruitful, too. Stress the historical rather than the genealogical part of the question.
     
  4. jlai

    jlai Title-less

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    Thanks. Whom should I FOIA this request if the legislator is dead?

    I'll try that. Thx
     
  5. purple skates

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    I'd say send it to the legislative district's office. Try calling them first. They can let you know how to go about getting the info.
     
  6. madm

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    Also check the 1910 U.S. census record for the county where that person would have lived. There is an occupation field that might list a job title.
     
  7. jlai

    jlai Title-less

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    I did find a possible name match in the 1914 city directory with an occupation, but no workplace.
    I didn't find a good match in the 1910 census. There were name matches but the names didn't match the city of residence.
    I was given a name match in the 1900 census (by the person asking the question ), but I am not sure whether to trust that or not.
     
  8. madm

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    You might also look for the person's obituary, which might have a description of what occupations that person had during his/her lifetime.