Street Names and Numbers: Grid Changes, Renaming, and More

Thomas MacEntee
Apr 9, 2021
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Speaker's Introduction
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Suburbia and Streets
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Use of House Numbers
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Street Renaming
5m 57s
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Steve Morse
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US Census
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Have you ever wondered if there was more to an ancestor’s home address or workplace address? Did you know that in the early 20th century many US cities reconfigured their “grid” resulting in new addresses? Do you know why certain streets simply seem to “disappear”? There’s more to street naming than you realize . . . learn how to drill-down to street information to improve your genealogy research. We’ll review the history of street naming and learn how to break down street address data. We’ll cover street grid changes for towns and cities as well as how to track “missing” streets. Learn how to use innovative online tools to visualize a specific street address and cover tips and tricks you need to know when working with street names and addresses.

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About the speaker

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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    Excellent presenter who always gives a great presentation

    5 ++ always such good info that I was not aware of. Thanks, Thomas.

    a lot of interesting map and street information. Thomas is great

    Always a great job!

    Always a great presenter!

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    Always the best – so interesting and a great sense of humor!

    Another excellent presentation from Thomas, very enlightening and educational.

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    Another great session with Thomas! Always a pleasure and an education. So much info.

    Another Great! presentation. I have been doing this a long time but am picking up some tips that will help me move farther. Thank you!

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    As always Thomas was excellent!

    As always, a fantastic speaker doing a most interesting webinar!!!

    As always, a terrific webinar by Thomas MacEntee. I’m going to check now to see if the series for the 1950 Census is up at the webinar site. Thanks!

    As always, great stuff from Thomas.

    Being Canadian, I knew that some of the information and resources would not apply, but this was still worthwhile and gave me leads to look at.

    Can’t get enough of Thomas MacEntee! Always, always, learn something new and valuable from his presentations!

    Can’t wait for the 1950 census release!

    Even if you think you are sick of hearing about a subject, MacEntee always has a thought, a resource or a perspective you haven’t yet run across. Love TM!


    Excellent delivery – clear and well-paced

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    Excellent! Thank you!

    Excellent! Thomas always includes so much good info.

    Excellent!! I love maps. I live in Bellingham, Washington, which was originally made up of four little towns. Since all four were situated on Bellingham Bay, the streets go every which way. There’s one street in particular that changes its name four times without a person having to actually leave the street! I’ve lived here all my life and sometimes I’ve even gotten lost because of the crazy zigzagging streets. Plus, there’s a creek that runs through the middle of town that doesn’t help any.

    Excellent, worth repeating

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    Fantastic webinar and lots of information! My brain is a bit overloaded already this morning! Thank you!

    Fascinating and very well presented

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    fascinating, geeky LOL and educational. great tips and ideas

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    Fun and educational as usual Thomas!

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    gave concrete sources and strategies for researching topic

    good examples and great tips. Especially liked the links to steve morse and explanation about enumeration districts.

    good information

    Good information and nice live looks at certain databases.

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    Great info

    Great info. Tom, glad you put together this program. Learned a lot and thanks for all the resources in your handout. Bring on 1950! We will be ready.

    Great Information

    Great information about little known online resources.

    great information especially for upcoming 1950 census

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    Great tips and information – thanks Thomas!!

    Great webinar on street name changes.

    Great webinar. I’m looking forward to 1950 census being released. Thomas gave us info on how to be prepared to collect info now.

    Great! Thanks so much.

    Excellent and useful presentation.

    He is always great. Please keep bringing him back. I always learn something new.

    He sure Wow’d me!! He always has the best webinars and this one was way up top of his best!

    I though I knew something about the subject–unti now.

    I try never to miss one of Thomas’ webinars… much information and new directions to head with research!

    I will definitely rewatch this.

    I will have my husband view this webinar. He and his family is from Chicago. I would be very excited, if I were he. By 195040 my famliy had moved from rural Kentucky to DC. So much ro prepare!! So little time!

    It was great. would like to watch it again

    It was so helpful having the syllabus/handout for the webinar during the 24 hour marathon. The format Thomas used in the handout is excellent with topics and all the Resources listed at the end. Suggestion: Have every presenter next year have a handout similar to Thomas’s one. Then people can concentrate on the webinar instead of taking a lot of notes.

    Learned about several websites I didn’t know

    Lots of good info. Great job.

    Lots of great clues for me for those unanswered mysteries. I did track down one house and sadly google earth showed me it was now an entrance ramp to the interstate, but it ended my search … finally.


    Love a Thomas webinar. Try and never miss one.

    Love this guy’s presentations! Thanks!

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    Love your document tip!

    Maybe more about cities in Europe too! Tnx

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    Only US-centric information, unfortunately

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    OUTSTANDING…………such wonderful hints!

    Really helpful and interesting information!! Really appreciated the sharing of the specific resources to reference.

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    Something I hadn’t really thought about before.

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    Such helpful information. Thank you so much!

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    Terrific information that was VERY well presented. Thomas is always great!

    Thank you Thomas


    They’ve all been awesome. This was very helpful for issues I’ve had!

    This was a wonderful presentation with so much great information. Thomas presents so the topic so well, his list of resources will be very helpful in finding ancestors.

    This way very informative!

    Thomas always does a professional presentation and easy to understand steps.

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    Thomas always has great information

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    Thomas is always a treat, to hear, and see, his detailed and helpful information, good voice! to see- those shirts!

    Thomas is always EXCELLENT!!!

    Thomas is always fun and informative. I make note of addresses, but never really thought of them so deeply. Something else to ponder!

    Thomas is always great. I appreciated that he didn’t move so fast

    Thomas is great to listen to! He concluded each section so quickly, I couldn’t catch everything. E.g., I don’t know what he means by check population sheets. I’m grateful for free access next week! So glad he put this together–I had no idea what the 1950 Census release meant to our research.


    Thomas MacEntee is such a good speaker, and I always learn a lot from his webinars. Thank you!

    Thomas MacEntee was great, as usual. Good organization, interesting examples, usually left on screen long enough to study a bit.

    Thomas MacEntee–always rates a top evaluation! Great detail, well thought-out, very helpful in thinking about Chicago, and all other large and older cities, particularly! Great!

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    timely as always

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    Very educational and fascinating!!! Thanks so much.

    Very helpful.. alot brought out that I had never thought about. Thank you Thomas

    Very informative!

    Very informative!

    Very informative, for both rural and urban address and name changes. Great suggestions for how to work through these seeming dead ends.
    Very informative. Couple good ideas to follow up on.

    Very informative. Focus was heavy on urban areas (NYC & Chicago) and would have liked to have seen some comparisons to large towns/villages and small cities.

    Very interesting and informative

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    Well done. Lots of great info. Good speaker.

    Wonderful information. I never even thought about name changes for streets etc. I loved that Thomas mentioned Chicago Cook county as I have loads of relatives from there. I appreciate the syllabus as well with all the resource URL’s. Very helpful. Thank you.

    Wow! Learned a lot. I especially liked the 1950 census tips. Thanks.

    Wow, this was one of the best of the best (they’ve all been superb). I truly enjoyed Thomas’ warm and friendly manner, and his presentation-style. I’ve been doing this for years, but I learned a ton of new information and links from him today. Cannot wait to re-watch the video! Thanks so much!!!


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