City Directory Dates

When you are working with a City Directory collection, make sure you have the correct dates on both the photo copy collection and the actual city directory being photo copied.

I was working with a New Jersey city directory in Ancestry dot com and found that the title of the collection did not match the actual book, so my findings of the family names were way off.



Notice that the title banner has the year as 1899 but when you look at the first page of the book (image 10 of 333) you see that the city directory being photographed is for the years 1890-91.

When I am working on a tree and city directories I type up the information like this:

U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
New Jersey
Paterson, New Jersey, City Directory, 1895

Frank, weaver, h 38 Market
George, loomfixer, h 38 Market
Harry, cleark, h 38 Market
John R, baker, h 38 Market

image 285 of 411
Dora, weaver, h 137 Kearney
James, painter, h 137 Kearney
Peter, student, h 137 Kearney

image 67 of 411
Frank, loomfixer, h 38 Market
George, Weaver, h 38 Market
Harry, clerk, h 39 Sheridan av
John R, h 38 Market

image (oops forgot to write this down)
Peter E, student, 39 Sheridan av
image 71 of 441
Frank, weaver, h 38 Market
George, Weaver, h 38 Market
Harry, weaver, h 68 Ryle ave
John R, h 38 Market

image 325 of 472
Peter E, Student, h 35 Ryle ave
image 86 of 472
Frank, weaver, h 38 Market
Harry, weaver, h 68 Ryle ave
John R, h 38 Market

image 353 of 505
James, painter, h 35 Ryle ave
Peter E, clerk, h 35 Ryle ave
William, machinist, h 35 Ryle ave

image 83 of 505
1899 [1890-1891]
Frank, silkworker, h 55 Haledon ave
Harry, weaver, h 55 Haledon ave
John E, baker, h 55 Haledon

image 238 of 333
none that match 1898
Frank, weaver, h 1313 Montclair ave
Harry, engineer, h 95 Prospect

image 347 of 613

So you can see that if I do not confirm the banner date with the actual book then my information is wrong. The people I am reviewing seem to jump from one address to another in one year but actually there is a difference of many years.

So always check and re-check your information.

I hope this post has given you some new information and will help you with your family tree research.

Thank You

Jose from Clarkston, Michigan

By Jose A Munoz

Retired General Motors designer who now works on subjects dealing with genealogy. I create trees using items I find in old Google News Archive newspapers and I contact other tree owners notifying them about the news item concerning their relative and send them a link to the tree I created. I post a screen print of the news item on the tree for others to copy, so that my work will benefit others. Occasionally, I will post about the tree I created or the item that I found, always with a "how to" in-bedded in the post. I want my blog posts to help others with their family trees or with their genealogy experiences.


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