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This issue continues the extended series entitled "From Whence We Came: Appalachia". Part 3 features:
- Moving Mattie - It wasn’t that she and her family were the only ones. Hundreds of families were uprooted, some from their ancestral homes, in order to facilitate one of Franklin Roosevelt’s most ambitious “alphabet soup” New Deal programs. By the time Roosevelt was inaugurated on March 4, 1933 he already had experience creating programs and agencies to address economic issues in New York during his tenure as Governor (1929-1932). Less than a week into his first term as President he signed the legislation to address the banking system. In the first 100 days of his administration the goal was to hit the ground running with actions which would quickly address the financial crisis which continued to drag on. It was why he was elected – and he would not flinch. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was created and one of the first "to-do" items was the removal of hundreds of families, along with the removal and relocation of hundreds of graves. One woman, Mattie Randolph, made headlines when she refused to move. It was quite an ordeal not only for Mattie and her family but the TVA workers who patiently dealt with her case.
- Mining Genealogical Gold: Finding Records of Appalachian Ancestors (and the stories behind them) - Part 3 covers the Appalachian regions of Georgia and Alabama. Both states have vast digital archives and this article highlights many of them, the best thing being they are FREE!
- Essential Tools for the Successful Family Researcher - Speaking of "Free", this column features a number of resources for finding free genealogical resources, some of them found in unexpected places. Also included are tips for finding an ancestor's cattle brand and a look at genealogical columns published in a number of newspapers across the country.
- May I Recommend - Book reviews include American Baby: A Mother, a Child and the Shadow History of Adoption, If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future, and The Taking of Jemima Boone: The True Story of the Kidnap and Rescue That Shaped America.
- Oh, The Stories I Find! -- In this new column,, author Sharon Hall will share the amazing stories she stumbles across while researching for her clients.
- The Dash: Green B. Rash - The story of a Pulaski County, Kentucky native with an unusual name.
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