City Directories: No Town Too Small, No Clue Too Little

Thomas MacEntee
May 15, 2019
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About this webinar

Most genealogists aren’t taking full advantage of all the clues available in city directories. Learn how go beyond a mere “lookup” of your ancestor and their family. Understand how city directories were created, the secrets of various abbreviations, and how to use the F.A.N. Club approach to getting the most information possible. This webinar is part of the full-day MyHeritage genealogy seminar, broadcast live from MyHeritage headquarters in Or Yehuda, Israel.

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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    I always learn so much from Tom McE. He brings simplicity to each subject and puts it in context so well that it’s easier for me to remember and use his methods without always having to refer to handouts. I rember that I have a resource as well! That’s pretty amazing. He’s at the top of my favorite list of teachers by far!!!! Thank you!

    I always like attending Thomas webinars

    I am familiar with city directories but was not aware of county directories. I will be searching for them as most of my ancestors were farmers. Thank you.

    I have used city directories, but did not know how to utilize them to this extent!

    I just started using city directories in the past 6 months, but I learned stuff today

    I love city directories and this had some great info.

    I loved the FAN & timeline concept and the website.

    I would rate it a 10 if I could. Thomas MacEntee covers so much information in a short amount of time. Always time well spent.

    Interesting. Lots of good info. Thanks Thomas.

    It sounds like I need to do more with City Directories to build the gap between censuses. Thank you!

    Ive missed a lot of information — until now. Now I know what to look for in the city directories. thanks

    I’ve used city directories for years without thinking of some of the things that he pointed out.

    I’ve used some directories that I stumbled upon, but this is a good reminder to actively seek out directories for my ancestors. I’ve mostly been interested in nailing them down to a town and have noted but not actively sought specific addresses and occupations. Definitely room for improvement on my part.

    Thomas always has a lot of very useful information. Being able to print the syllabus is an extra bonus.

    Thomas always has great information. I always learn something to take away from his presentations.

    Thomas always shares good info.

    Thomas did a great job. I particularly like his voice, it is not hard to hear and is of a nice resonance. His information is spot on and his laid back manner relaxing. Thank you, Thomas.

    Thomas is always great!

    Thomas is the best and his handouts are exceptional! You always go away with knowledge, familiarity, and a sense of comfort with whatever subject he is covering.

    Thomas MacEntee is a very engaging presenter. I always enhance my knowledge base through how webinars. I appreciated learning about the variations in directories by publishers and the localities’ priorities for presenting information. This webinar also reinforced what I learned previously while looking up directory information. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this webinar!

    Thomas MacEntee is always a wealth of information and he does it in a very entertaining way!

    Thomas MacEntee is the best!

    Useful information..hadn’t thought to look for list of abbreviations before.

    Very helpful, and the additional ideas/links from the community on the Chat was also useful. I’ve already added to my To-Do list!! And the handout from Thomas was – as usual – practical and helpful.

    Very informative! Thomas is a terrific teacher.

    very informative, thank you

    Very informative. Lots of good search tips.

    Very informative. Thank you!

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    always good

    always informative!

    Another excellent webinar with Thomas!! Always love a syllabus!

    City Directories is something that I always forget about. Thank you for reminding me. And thank you for explaining what I should pay attention to when I am looking at the directories.

    Even though I have used directories a lot, I still learned several new things. Very well done!

    Excellent “hands on” use of research using city directories … many tips and tricks … I appreciate being pointed to timetoast and plan to review and test and probably put to use this new tool for me to now explore. As always, I appreciate the humor mixed in with the knowledge. Thanks to all!

    Excellent and looking forward to the next one.

    Excellent and presented clearly and interestingly.

    Excellent presentation – I use the directories frequently but I learned so much more about them. Really appreciate your time – thank you!!

    Excellently organized – as usual. Also as usual, flips too fast through most slides (esp online) to get a screenshot. Love his talks.

    Fabulous as always! Such great information. Thank you, Thomas.

    Fantastic webinar with lots of really useful tips and ideas.

    Gave a good list of places to find directories on line. Always gives great webinars!!

    good explanation of directories

    Good explanation of what you can find in directories.

    Good info

    Good reminder to look at the directories.


    Great as always with Thomas. Appreciate the various links and other websites he provides.

    Great examples of the range of information which might be available. Have used them quite a bit myself—found death dates of to of my ancestors by using them.

    Great info!

    great information

    Great information. I love to read the ads and such to get a feel for the town. I just found a death date on one for my great grandmother. How’s that for great info in City Directories.

    Great presentation as always.

    Great presentation! Always learn new information presented by Thomas M. Thank you! : )

    Great resource!

    Great speaker.

    Great, great information!!

    Helpful! Please show directories from the UK too. Do they differ from US directories and how? What time periods do they cover? Are they found all over the country? Are Wales, Scotland, and Ireland included? How about directories in other countries such as Germany and Poland? Do they exist and where would I find them?

    He’s always great.


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