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Somerset County, PA

WPA Project Cemetery Transcriptions

A bit of History on the WPA : Works Progress [Project] Administration


Contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by the Somerset County Federated Library System and its constituent libraries,

the Meyersdale Public Library, Somerset County Public Library, Windber Public Library and Mary S. Biesecker Library


Started in 1935 as part of Roosevelt's New Deal, the Works Progress (later Projects) Administration created jobs for workers meeting certain income and family census criteria.  Projects included building and improving America's infrastructure and support for the arts, history and culture of America.  One such project was the Historical Records Survey, later a part of the Research and Records Program, a component of which involved compiling indexes of vital statistics, cemetery interments, school records, military records, maps, newspapers and other resources for research into American history.


Researchers are advised that the information contained in the following transcriptions and images of the Somerset County WPA Records should not be considered infallible.  Nor should this information be considered as proof positive that the information contained therein is in fact historically accurate.  Further corroboration of these transcriptions by additional genealogical documentation methodology is recommended.



A Special Thanks to all of our Volunteers

Alice James Cathy YoderKerry Miller
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Bev Sellers-Niel Connie BurkettNancy Lorz
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Carina Slack Jean WallScott Emery
Carl Gaus Joe PattersonWinnie Nichols

The Chart below contains links to each Township and all of the Cemeteries

These are text transcriptions

Addison Jefferson Paint
Allegheny Jenner Quemahoning
Black    Larimer Shade 
Brothersvalley  Lincoln Somerset-twp
Conemaugh Lower-turkeyfoot  Southampton 
Elklick  Middlecreek Stonycreek
Fairhope Milford   Summit  
Greenville  Northampton Upper-turkeyfoot


Here is a link for the all of the Cemeteries in each Township and is sorted by Township.

Ok, There are huge amounts of files for this particular project.
They will not be deleted as they are not mine.
In April of 2006 The Nice Volunteers at the Meyersdale Public Library and Ora L Flaningam
produced a CD with all the files and a super easy index to use.
The whole cd is available on the Site in iso format.
Below is a linked List of Files from the above CD - They are actually easier to use than the files on the USGenWeb Server
Cemetery Records: Introduction by Della Reagan Fischer
Somerset County, Pennsylvania W.P.A. Cemetery Readings: A Recompilation
by Ora L Flaningam [July 2006]
"Image Notes" - Explanations

'Alpha sort' - Fully searchable pdf
 In this file, the sort is by Cemetery, then Surname and Given Name.

Cemetery 'Input' Sort:
In this file, the sort is by Cemetery, then Record Identifier number. Thus the names are listed in the order that the graves were read.
The above file is critical to identifying relationships.

There are almost 3000 images of the original WPA Typed Pages.
Mr Flaningam has included them on the CD - Use This Link
As a matter of conserving space on the Archives Servers, the pdf files linked above
take up half of the space of the old image files.

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