Friday, January 20, 2012

City Directories

Long before telephone books there were city directories. According to an article entitled Effective Use of City Directories published online by Kory L. Meyerink, AG, FUGA their history begins in the United States in 1785 with earlier attempts in a few locations.

These directories can help to determine the location of ancestors year after year if the directories are available in ancestral location. Different companies provided listings of individuals in cities throughout the United States. There are directories for other countries, one just needs to check various library catalogs to locate them. and have city directories online along with other. Online Historical Directories provided some online also. Just put " (city) + online city directories into a search engine to locate any online. This is just another resource that should not be overlooked!

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1 comment:

  1. The Library of Congress has a great collection of City Directories. If you go to the LOC website, you can see a list of the cities and the years they have. Granted they do not do personal research, but there are people in the area that will go look up the information.

    The listing was updated by me in 2008.