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Old 02-07-2014, 06:57 AM
 
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Has anyone had any luck gaining access to employment records of ancestors? I'm not talking about recent records, but those from the 1920s-1940s.

The NC Archives have some records from area companies, but generally a person's employment record is considered confidential. I'm wondering if that is true in other states.

Several of my ancestors worked at Dorthea Dix Mental Hospital in Raleigh in the 1920s. Would love to see what their employment records hold, but I guess I'll never know. :-)

Thanks!
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:35 AM
 
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Unless someone was employed by the government, employment records are private. And as such, probably were not retained. And if retained, possibly will not be made accessible.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:12 AM
 
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Each archive has its own policy. With some state historical societies if the subjects are deceased and you are a direct descendent, there is a request form to fill out and sign with your reasons for seeking info. Then a determination will be made by the keeper whether you will be granted access.
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:23 PM
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What have you got to lose if you ask?
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:03 PM
 
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I will add, I have been turned down over phone but allowed access when I went to the archive in person. Archivists do wish to help you. In one case I was denied access to my long deceased grandfather's orphanage record because I was not closest relative still living (my mother was indeed very much alive 650 miles away). The archivist prompted me by saying "if your mother is deceased, you could see that file today"...I said, "she is". The archivist said with a big smile, "God rest her soul, here is the record".

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