Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Tip: Use City Directories

I use city directories extensively.  Here are at least 6 things (.pdf) you can search for in them.  A blog post by Phillip Sutton goes over the history of English and American city directories and lists many more uses for them.  The Board for Certification of Genealogists includes this skill building exercise. I have found city directories a great source in finding the first name or initials of widow's husbands.

If you are really lucky you can even find a death date:  "Moonie James died July 1 1952 age 70".

[Page 705, from the directory "Springfield, Massachusetts 1953."  Accessed Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.  Accessed 21 Oct 2014.]

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