FIRST: It didn't occur to me to consider the LDS-Thank you!
Second: I did have family members that were lightkeepers (one was at Matinicus Rock, Maine for a time-about extreme as it gets!). Others served at the West Quoddy Head Livesaving Station, Lubec, Maine long before the Coast Guard. Sometime I may research them in detail.
It would not take all that many clicks on my posting history to discover I am researching the tiny town of Roque Bluffs, Maine (in 1900 it had grown to 168 and would not exceed that until in the 1970s). A little town with a lot of records if you dig-and I have. I left after college but back in retirement.
The town never had a lighthouse or a lifesaving station but men from the town were lightkeepers AND I think we also had at least one Surfman predating the Coast Guard.
Note: If you want to go exploring around Roque Bluffs in a boat-get me. Not only can I show you great places I can keep you out of trouble-most yachts don't come East of Bar Harbor for a reason.
I'm OK on the lightkeepers-don't have exact dates but the years(beyond that it's really family history).
The lifesavers are a problem. I MIGHT be able to come up with who was in charge (not sure of title)but not the crew. To compound things I think one went to the outer banks of NC one winter.
Really just starting to dig-did find a logbook from Maine station #5 for two years. Must be lots out there someplace.
NARA can be a tough place to search-lots of years ago I did vessel research there. If misfiled it's gone + they didn't get everything. Recently they checked what they had (on another topic) and could come up with only part of what I know existed at one time-this is after a series of searches. NARA is on my list after I know more.
I know some about the WPA projects but not what the LDS filmed-GREAT LEAD!
Thanks for the help! Hoping for more?
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