How about a picture?
Sometimes you can do tons of research on an individual, but never know what that person looked like. If photographs of that person were ever taken, and survived, where might one go to find them?
In the case of our guy, Loyd Sechrist, one of the first places that our archivist looked was at GenWeb. This site has all kinds of information and resources related to genealogy and family history research.
Because of information she had found in his Civilian Personnel File, our archivist knew where he went to high school. This was useful because of that thing so many of us keep hidden away in an attic or closet….the high school yearbook.
**Note Loyd’s captioning information. Such a witty fellow, that Loyd.
As part of our ongoing efforts to help the public conduct successful research, we at the National Archives at Riverside occasionally share the research methodologies of our staff, researchers, and citizen archivists. This post is part of a series of posts related to the research of one of our former archivists, Monique, into the life of a man named Loyd Sechrist. Sechrist conducted surveys of Arizona immediately after statehood for the Bureau of Land Management, and records related to his life (and death) caught Monique’s curiosity. Follow the story of Monique’s research into the history of this man here on Tumblr with the tag #Loyd Sechrist, and on our archives’ Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/nationalarchivesriverside.
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