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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Examples of Obscure Sources - So you know what I am posting about

OK, so you might have a question concerning what I am posting about when I refer to obscure sources. It is not so much that the sources themselves are obscure, but that they are seldom, if ever, considered by the genealogical research community. Just to give you an idea of what I am talking about, here is a list of agricultural affiliated organizations in Utah. Just to make a point, I thought I would list them all in alphabetical order: (The page number is to the page of the linked document).

Agriculture Advisory Board .......................................p.2
Ag in the Classroom (Utah Foundation for) ................p.2
Animal Damage Control..............................................p.2
Aquaculture Association..............................................p.2
Beef Feeders Association (Ogden area).......................p.2
BLM, State Director ....................................................p.2
Brigham Young University
 College of Agriculture ...............................................p.2
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA)................................p.2
Egg Marketing Board ..................................................p.2
4-H...............................................................................p.2
Far West Equipment Dealer.........................................p.2
Farm Service Agency .................................................p.2
Farm Bureau Dairy Advisory Committee....................p.2
Farmland Grain Co-op.................................................p.3
Golden Spike Mule Association ..................................p.3
Holstein Breeders ........................................................p.3
Horse Breeds of, Utah..................................................p.3
Intermountain Dairy Goat Association ........................p.3
NRCS...........................................................................p.3
Registered Sheep Breeders Association.......................p.3
Rocky Mountain Morgan Horse Club, Inc...................p.3
State Grazing Advisory Board………………………...p.3
Soil & Water Conservation Society
 Utah Chapter (Nat’l Assoc) .......................................p.3
Taylor Grazing Committee ..........................................p.3
US Forest Service ........................................................p.3
Utah Agriculture Mediation…………………………..p.3
Utah Agriculture Statistics Service..............................p.3
Utah All-Breeds Horse Association.............................p.3
Utah Angus Association ..............................................p.3
Utah Artemia Association............................................p.3
Utah Associations of Conservation Districts ...............p.3
Utah Association of Fairs & Shows.............................p.4
Utah Banker’s Association ..........................................p.4
Utah Beef Council.......................................................p.4
Utah Beekeepers Association ......................................p.4
Utah Cattlemen’s Association .....................................p.4
Utah Cattlewomen Association………………...…….p.4
Utah Council of Farmer Cooperatives .........................p.4
Utah Crop Improvement Association ..........................p.4
Utah Crop Production Assoc. (Fertilizer Assoc)……..p.4
Utah Dairy Commission……………………………. p.4
Utah Dairymen’s Association .....................................p.4
Utah Dairy Farmers Co-op..........................................p.4
Utah Elk Association
.......................................................................................p.4
Utah Farm Bureau Federation ........................................p.4
Utah Farm Bureau - Women ..........................................p.5
Utah Farmer’s Union......................................................p.5
Utah Feed Manufacturers & Dealers Assoc. ..................p.5
Utah FFA Association....................................................p.5
Utah Fish Health Policy Board.......................................p.5
Utah Food Industry Assoc..............................................p.5
Utah Fruit Growers ........................................................p.5
Utah Fur Breeders Association.......................................p.5
Utah Hay Growers..........................................................p.5
Utah Horse Council........................................................p.5
Utah Horticulture Association........................................p.5
Utah Idaho Grain Exchange ...........................................p.5
Utah Jersey Cattle Club..................................................p.6
Utah Junior Livestock Show Association.......................p.6
Utah Livestock Auction Market Assoc. .........................p.6
Utah Llama Association.................................................p.6
Utah Migrant & Seasonal Workers Program..................p.6
(also) Utah Farm Worker Health....................................p.6
Utah Onion Association .................................................p.6
Utah Open Lands............................................................p.6
Utah Ostrich Association ...............................................p.6
Utah Pest Control & Lawn Care Association.................p.6
Utah Pork Producers......................................................p.6
Utah Quarter Horse Association.....................................p.6
Utah Rural Development (USDA) .................................p.6
Utah Seed Council..........................................................p.6
Utah State Board of Education
 Agriculture Vocation Education...................................p.6
Utah State Fair ...............................................................p.6
Utah State University College of Agriculture ................p.6
Utah State University Extension Service .......................p.6
Utah Veterinary Medical Association ............................p.6
Utah Weed Control Association.....................................p.7
Utah Wheat Producers....................................................p.7
Utah Wool Growers Association....................................p.7
Utah Wool Marketing Association.................................p.7
Wasatch Beekeepers Association ..................................p.7
Western Ag Credit…………………………………… ..p.7
Western Farmer-Stockman (Idaho)............................... p.7

Any of these familiar type organizations? My point is that each of these organizations has records that may contain information about your ancestors assuming, of course, that the ancestors were involved in agriculture. My further point is that almost every state in the U.S. and many foreign countries are going to have similar lists of organizations, not just for agriculture, but also for all sorts of other businesses and activities.

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