So, You Think You Know All About City Directories?

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
Sep 15, 2023
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City Directories
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What a directory can do for you
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Other Directories
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Final Tip
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About this webinar

Most are thick books listing the heads of household with address and occupation; later the spouse and adult children appear. Add business listings and ads plus government agencies, relief agencies, civic and religious organizations, and other listings and you have a goldmine of information. Do you know how and when the material was collected? The differences in the early ones? How to use them for the history of businesses, owners, and other entities. What about the unique directories that serve as a census, tell of military service, where someone moved to, include fake names, and provide clues to vital records. The problems with some digitized directories, issues with the canvassing for listings, and the sales pushed that occurred will be covered. I’ll share the rewards of in-depth sleuthing about the directories, their compilation, some surprises, and obvious and hidden places to find them today.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Paula considers herself fortunate to be an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American research
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  1. YH
    Yvonne Hardwick
    10 months ago

    I was amazed at the amount of information these include and that I would have missed without guidance! Thankyou

  2. KG
    Kate Gertz
    10 months ago

    lots of great information. one suggestion would be to get clearer screen prints … many were very blurry.

  3. PA
    Peggy A Kehoe
    10 months ago

    She makes it fun! Great handout and presentation.

  4. DG
    Deborah Getter
    10 months ago

    Very eye opening, had no idea directories might include all that type of information.

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    Stephanie Miller
    10 months ago


  6. JP
    Jeri Paradise
    10 months ago

    Lots of new information about directories I ‘lll use in the future. Thanks

  7. MW
    Michelle Warren
    10 months ago

    Love City Directories. Found lots of great info in the NYC directories.

  8. JC
    Janet Crowley
    10 months ago

    lots of new to me info and a desire to go to the library to look for stuff. Will have to start online though. Extremely helpful.


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