Unemployment Relief Census of 1933 – Transcribed by Oklahoma Historical Society

While on the Oklahoma Historical Society website yesterday, I found the following information about the 1933 Relief Census. Here’s the link  to the site:  http://www.okhistory.org/research/reliefcensus. (Right click and select open in a new window.)

On this site listed as heads of household were both my maternal and paternal grandfathers, Carl Holder (listed as Carroll Holder, age 28 in 1933, a farmer with 4 people in the family and living in Wade, OK, which all matches Daddy Holder) and William Musgrove (age 24, a farmer with 3 people in the family and living in Oklahoma County). Also included in the census as heads of household were two of Daddy Holder’s brothers, E.F. and Joe, along with their father, G.B.

Within a few years, both my grandfathers, Carl Holder and William Musgrove, were able to buy their own farms.

For a genealogist, this census gives us another tool to place people in a particular place and social context.

In order to be on “the dole,” most likely, the family could not own any land. The head of household may have had to be of a certain age. A quick search today did not list the criteria for being on the dole in Oklahoma, but each state set up their own criteria until Roosevelt established the Federal Employment Relief Act in late 1933. I’ve requested a book on the Depression in Oklahoma, which may give more information.

From the site:

The OHS Research Center staff and volunteers have transcribed Oklahoma records for   unemployment relief. These records offer insight into the economic status of Oklahomans during the 1930s. There are more than 100,000 names included in this database.

The OHS Research Division’s manuscript archives include information for several counties. These records are located in the William H. Murray Collection [1982.294]. The records are fairly uniform and consist of typed pages.

  1. Beaver County
  2. Blaine County
  3. Bryan County
  4. Caddo County
  5. Canadian County
  6. Cotton County
  7. Craig County
  8. Creek County
  9. Logan County
  10. McCurtain County
  11. McIntosh County
  12. Muskogee County
  13. Noble County
  14. Nowata Count
  15. Okfuskee County
  16. Oklahoma County
  17. Okmulgee County
  18. Ottawa County
  19. Pawnee County
  20. Payne County
  21. Pottawatomie County
  22. Sequoyah County
  23. Texas County
  24. Tillman Count
  25. Tulsa County
  26. Wagoner County
  27. Woodward County


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Green Berry Holder & Mary Tyler Marriage Records

Collecting records before statehood in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma has challenged me, as I try to gather documentation of my great-grandparents as they moved west with the frontier.

Arkansas does have some early records online at familysearch.org. I was really happy to find the marriage records for my great grandparents Green Berry Holder and Mary Minerva Tyler from Searcy County, Arkansas.

"Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957," index and images, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NMKD-ZMH: accessed 11 Jun 2013), G B Holder and Mary Tyler, 1895.
“Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957,” index and images, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NMKD-ZMH: accessed 11 Jun 2013), G B Holder and Mary Tyler, 1895.

Then I was able to scan the marriage records with my brand new Flip-Pal scanner and import into this document. Life is good today and, on my genealogy field trips to collect the rest of those records, I’ll be able to scan documents and pictures on site with the Flip-Pal.

Notice, I’m working on creating better citations – studying Elizabeth Shown Mills’ Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing: 1997. and Thomas W. Jones’ Mastering Genealogical Proof. Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society: 2013.

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