Civilian Conservation Corps: A Genealogical Resource – Part 1

The CCC, or the Civilian Conservation Corps, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. In 1933 during the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt found a unique way to combat the country’s unemployment crisis. The Civilian Conservation Corps was created on March 21, 1933 and today is one of the best known results of Roosevelt’s “New Deal”. Even if young people today have never heard of the Corps, it is likely that they have benefited from the Corps’ work, for it was active in every state and left a valuable “footprint” behind.

CCC members were recruited through local welfare boards. To join, a young man had to be between the ages of 18-25 and be unemployed or have an unemployed father. War veterans of any age could also join. The men committed to a six-month enrollment that could be extended for up to two years. CCC workers were housed and fed on-site at campsites, and they earned about $30 per month – with the requirement that $25 be sent home to their family. The camps were run by the Army, but it was a civilian organization.

Besides benefiting young unemployed men and their families, the CCC had a great impact on the country that is still felt today. They built roads, planted trees, strung telephone lines, and improved state and national parks by building campsites and trails. By 1935, over a half million men were members of the Corps. The CCC was disbanded in 1942, mostly because of America’s entry in the war and the ongoing draft.

Did your ancestor serve in the CCC?

If your grandfather or other relative served in the CCC, you may be able to find his enlistment papers. The records are held by the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO. These records are not available online. For more information on writing to NARA, please see the CCC Alumni site guidelines or the James F. Justin CCC Museum guidelines.

Some information sites indicate that you will need to have your ancestor’s company number and year served in order to obtain the records. However, the name and state may be enough to locate the record. You will also need to know the person’s birth date and proof of death. Available records include the person’s enlistment form, record of physical examination, and discharge information. From these, there is enough information to determine where the person worked, and there are many sites available in each state about the CCC from which you can determine what the person may have actually worked on during their service. Who knows…the trees your grandfather once planted are likely still providing shade in the nearby state park today!

I remember learning about the CCC in history class, and even then I thought it was a great idea. With the current economy, unemployment, and “green” movement, I think the CCC should be re-instated as a means to give young disadvantaged men meaningful work. When I learned about the CCC, I didn’t have any personal connection to the organization…or did I? Stayed tuned for “Part 2: My Grandfather Served in the CCC…Sort Of” for a description of my grandfather’s rather brief experience with the CCC and what I discovered in his records.

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31 thoughts on “Civilian Conservation Corps: A Genealogical Resource – Part 1

  1. My father,Leroy Smith was at the Fort Ann CCC camp. Alsoan uncle Whitney Smith. I remember one other name Percy Roberts. My father would have been there around 1935 or a bit later.

  2. My brother, Stafford Hughes, was in a CCC camp in California about 1935/36 He lived at 1792 Blair St. in St. Paul, MN.
    I would like to find out what camp he was in and where it was located. I was 13 years old and would write to him. I do not remember what I wrote and what he told me in the letters so this is all the info I have concerning him. I would appreciate receiving some info on him if possible. My husband Herman P. Radeck was also in the CCC’s but in MN. He has good recolections of his time there.
    Thank you for whatever you can find concerning my brother. He passed away several years ago.
    Sincerely ,Marie M. Radeck

  3. My father, Dorris “Doc” Bumgarner served with the CCC in Moab, Utah and Gilroy, California in the early c. 1940-1941. Recently, I donated images of the camp, the area, and some of the men who were friends of my dad’s to the regional office in Moab. For the first time, the park can pinpoint the location of the camp. Two of my father’s friends were Leon Swofford and Walter Turner.

  4. My father Oscar Earl Mayhew was in the 3 C camps from 1936 to 1940.

    3 Oct 1936 to 25 Mar 1937 – Fort Knox, Ky
    1 Oct 1937 to 23 Mar 1939 – Lancaster, Oh
    18 Oct 1939 to 23 Mar 1940 – St Paris, Oh

    CCC Co. 3502 SCS 32

    I have a memory book where approximately 50-75 guys signed their names, home addresses, and jobs in my father’s book. For example:

    Robert Redd, RFD 4, Logan, Ohio – truck driver and Asst. Leader

    All of the guys who signed the book give home addresses in Ohio.

    If you want me to check the book for a name, please send me an email.

  5. Thank you so much for creating and maintaining this site. I have a lot of my Dad’s photos from the CCC in Camp Epson, WI, and also Camp Taft in Haugan, MT. There are photos of them planting trees in the Savanec (sp) nursery, fighting a fire in 1936 on Moose Mountain, ID, and of laying miles of pipe. Many of the photos have names of the men pictured in them, only sadly often just a first name or just a last name, or occasionally a nickname. Dad’s Name was Durward “Randy” Randolph.

    Jim Randolph

  6. Recently have started looking into my father’s life. Anyone who has photos or info on him please write my daughter at He was in the CCC out of Arizona. He possibly was a camp in the Grand Canyon and also he mentioned at one time the Petrified Forest. His name was August Dieters. He possibly served during the years of 1935 – 1938. My brothers and I would appreciate any information that would help bring to light some of our fathers’ life.

  7. My father, Thomas E. Brown, served in the CCC sometime probably in the early to late 1930’s and before World War II.He was from the Kensington Section of Philadelphia, PA., and we know he played baseball either on a team with the CCC, or some farm team, or minor league team. We just don’t know exactly where he was. Unfortunately, he had a major stroke at a young age, and could not talk from that point on. The reason for these questions is that we are preparing a 50th Birthday gift for my brother, his only son, who is very much interested in tracing the history of my father, because he was a very small child, and never really knew too much. So we are starting out here and hopefully can obtain some information or knowledge about how to obtain records, etc. Thank you.


  9. my dad was at Moab Utah in the CCC but I do not know the dates, he was born in 1920 and was born in Kentucky. His name was Eddie If anyone has picture please let me know.


  10. My father Pleas Mullins and his brother Wade Mullins served in the Big Stone Gap Virginia CCC Camp. Named Wise Owl company 2344. I’m not sure of the year(s). I would appreciate any information on this camp and ny father and uncle. Thank You

  11. For everyone looking for their relatives, I suggest you try the links above under “for more information”. This isn’t really a message board, so no one will be able to research any names. But the above sites can help you.

  12. I am looking for information on a Thomas E. Brown, from 3300 E. Waterloo Street, Phila., PA. He was in the CCC in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. He also played baseball either for the CCC or a minor league team. We are putting together a history of my father for my brother’s 50th birthday in September. thank you.

  13. My father, Richard L. Page, was born in McCalester OK. in 1917. He joined the CCC’s after high school about 1934-1935. He told me that he woeked as a surveyor on the trails into the Grand Canyon. I’d appreciate any information from anyone.

  14. Would like to know if Mr Mayhew could check the list of Ohio men for Regis Barnhizer. Thanks.
    Mary Anne Barnhizer Creatore

  15. my dad was at Laredo, TX in the CCC , April 6, 1937 discharged. he was born in 1918 and was born in Laredo, TX. His name was Jose If anyone has picture please let me know. I am his daughter and want to find him.

    Thanks Delores Martinez

  16. My father served in the CCC camp company 1625 in Murphysboro, Il. Would love to know more about ccc camps.

  17. my grandfather michael reagan served at ccc camp 1625 murphysboro in the 1930’s . my grandmother edith was from murphysboro.

  18. My father was, I believe, the Company Clerk, for the CCC in Decorah, IA. I really appreciate the information about NARA. I’ve never been sure where to locate any CCC records. Thanks so much!

  19. I am searching for a record that documents the existence of a CCC camp at Valyermo, CA in the Angeles National Forest.

  20. Wonderful site! My father asked me tonight to look for something about CCC as his Uncle ( Jesse Ellison) worked for them before going into the US Navy and then dying at sea during WWll. I came across this site and seem to have found a real gem with many answers we are looking for. Thank you for making this site available. I will provide more details as we find them out.

  21. I am looking for Bob Mayhew who posted the following comment to this site.
    If this person is still available to answer this question please email me at ( or anyone else that has such information)

    This is what Bob Mayhew posted:
    “My father Oscar Earl Mayhew was in the 3 C camps from 1936 to 1940.

    3 Oct 1936 to 25 Mar 1937 – Fort Knox, Ky
    1 Oct 1937 to 23 Mar 1939 – Lancaster, Oh
    18 Oct 1939 to 23 Mar 1940 – St Paris, Oh

    CCC Co. 3502 SCS 32

    I have a memory book where approximately 50-75 guys signed their names, home addresses, and jobs in my father’s book. For example:

    Robert Redd, RFD 4, Logan, Ohio – truck driver and Asst. Leader

    All of the guys who signed the book give home addresses in Ohio.

    If you want me to check the book for a name, please send me an email.”

  22. My father served in the ccc in Oklahoma, but he is gone now ,so I have no further information.
    Glad I found your site, maybe I can find more information.

  23. My grandfather served in the CCC Co. 569 and I am looking for pictures and any information regarding his travels. His name was Leslie Cramblett and he was from Springfield, Ohio.

  24. Looking for info about ccc in Belton, Montana. My father was Thomas o’brien from the Bronx. Grateful for any info.

  25. My mother in law had a rocking chair made in the cccs camp in the 40s she said her uncle made it l think he was Percy Kiste when he died he lived in Seymore indiana was there a camp here in indiana.

  26. My grandfather was in the CCC in 1936 Company 1288 Quaker Bridge, New York. I would like to find out more about his work he did. If anyone has anything about this company please feel free to contact me at

  27. My father Gerald French was from Maine, he worked at the CCC camp in Allenstown NH at Bear Brook State Park. He met and married my mother Juliette Boucher who lived in Allenstown NH. There also was a man named Mr. Dionne who also was in the CCC and dated my mother at the same time as my father did, does anyone have information on Mr. Dionne? this would have been in the late 1930’s as my parents married in 1939
    my email address is

  28. My Father was in CCC Camp in Flagstaff Arizona in and around 1936 and further on. Heard endless stories from him with Great pride, will never forget the look on his face as he told the tales of commraderi amongst the young men. My understanding was of the hard work ethic it taught these kids who turned into tough hard working Americans!
    – Dad ….aka “Reds Cushing”

  29. My father and uncle served in the 3 C’s Camp. How do I get to see their names and what and were they were. My father would be 102 years old this oct. 30th.

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