Tag Archive: city directory

City Directory – How To – make a text file – 1938 – Indiana

When you find your ancestor’s name in a City Directory make sure you capture all the people with the last name and not just your relative. For instance the family name: “DeCloedt” on… Continue reading

1890 census… Aargh! – Barnard McCleary

Don’t you just hate it when your ancestor comes to the USA in 1860 at age 32 and the only records you can find are the Federal census for 1870, 1880 and 1900… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Why did they have City Directories?

At a talk I was giving, on the use of City Directories in genealogy, I was asked the following question. “Why did they have City Directories and who published them?” My response was… Continue reading

Names in history – Minneapolis City Directory – Part II

In the 1881 City Directory they have a section that lists the people who were in the 1859 City Directory and are still in the area and in the 1881 City Directory. 1881… Continue reading

Names in history – Minneapolis City Directory

When you are reading the history of a place, always be on the lookout for names of people and jot them down with a date and place if possible. Here in an 1881… Continue reading

HeritageQuest and City Directories

At our October meeting of Clarkston Area Genealogy Society we discussed HeritageQuest and City Directories. Here are some tutorials on the two topics. Notice the dates of the tutorials and you can see… Continue reading

Process II

Helen Louise Blue Bowen – FB query – Aug 2016 – Indiana In my last posting “Process I” I told you I would give you the full detailed step by step process I… Continue reading

Paul J. Hungerford, father or son?

Can a City Directory entry confirm a death date? Let’s take a look at one case where the death date was attributed to the father instead of the son and there was no… Continue reading

Helen Campbell Gillette Obit 1907

Have you ever wondered how to create a tree or branch from just a few clues? Here are the steps I took to complete a branch for Helen Campbell Gillette. (Links to items… Continue reading

Placement in Advertising

Placement of the Ad is just as important as the words and picture of the Ad. You would think that the editors of the 1882 Grand Rapids, Michigan City Directory would have caught… Continue reading

1953 – City Directory – Pictures

In previous blogs I’ve written about the good resources one can find in a City Directory and I found an excellent example in the 1953 Detroit City Directory.     While creating the… Continue reading

The art of engraving 1920’s

City Directory 1920 Detroit, Michigan The art of engraving 1920’s I was working on the “D. R. Lewis wed Ida Mae Jordan 1902, Baltimore Family Tree” when I was asked by one of… Continue reading

1916 City Directories – More than just names

When you find a relative in a City Directory don’t just take the one entry, look through the whole City Directory and find other entries for the family and maybe find information about… Continue reading