Labor Union Research – An Underutilized Source

March 29th, 2018 by National Genealogical Society Blog Editor

TITLE: Stickin’ to the Union: Using Labor Union Documents for Genealogical Research


TIME & DATE: Saturday, 05 May 2018, 8:00 a.m.

If your ancestors were steel workers, miners, tailors, or other blue collar workers, there‘s a 1 in 3 chance they may have been in a labor union. Labor union sources can include genealogically important information that may be found nowhere else.

This presentation will cover why union records are genealogically valuable, what types of records may exist, and where to find them. Also covered will be the challenges in working with union documents, some strategies for overcoming these challenges, and how to write source citations for them.

ABOUT:  Jane Neff Rollins, MSPH is a professional genealogist with Sherlock Combs Genealogy who specializes in Jewish genealogy, translating Russian documents, and breaking down brick walls. She has researched and lectured throughout the U.S. and abroad, and speaks, reads, and writes Russian and French. . She is the author of Health Care Navigation 101: Make the Health Care System Work for You and articles that have appeared in RootsKey, the L.A. Times, the Jewish Journal, Reed, and medical trade magazines.

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