Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday Finds in Directories: 28 November 2014


Recently, I found the following articles regarding historical directories:
Thanks to all who have emailed me about new finds of online historical directories. I'm looking forward to Winter Break to get caught up on updating links!


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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

KY, NYC, ONT, and Other Pages' Updated, Corrected, and Removed Links


Although it has been a while since I posted an update on this blog, I did do some work on the site over the summer. In late summer, I started having shoulder pain which, along with the busy-ness of the start of the school year (I work for a school district), prevented me from doing much work during the fall. I had rotator cuff surgery just before Christmas, and am now healed up enough to get back to working on the site.

My main focus lately has been to completely update the New York City page. I have a long list of links that need to be added to this page from almost a dozen resources. Additionally, the Brooklyn Genealogy Information Page site changed to a new website hosted by genealogist Steve Morse. Unfortunately, not all the directories that were available on the old site can be viewed on the new site. Until corrections are made, I have removed links to those directories at the BGIP site that bring up error messages.

Here are a list of the updates, corrections, and removals from the site since August 2013:

FAQs - one new link

Resources - three new links

Jefferson Co., Kentucky - removed 1859 Louisville link from KentuckyCityDirectories; site is offline

New York City, New York - 22 new links from Ancestry; corrected six links, removed one, and added 9 from Don's list; nine new links, five corrected ones, and five removed ones from the new Brooklyn Genealogy Information Page website

Ontario, Waterloo - corrected link from Don's List


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Sunday, August 4, 2013

CT, MI, MT, NY, NC, PA, OH, WI and Resources New Pages and Updates



New Pages

Emmet County, Michigan - with 22 links from Ancestry, 3 from Google Books, and one each from CMU-CHL, Don's List, Library of Congress, and the Internet Archive

Flathead County, Montana - with one link from the Internet Archive, three from the Vancouver (B.C.) Public Library, one from Don's List and 11 from the Montana Memory Project

Lincoln County, Montana - with one link from the Internet Archive, three from the Vancouver (B.C.) Public Library, one from Don's List and six from the Montana Memory Project

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - with 51 links from LancasterHistory, 28 from Ancestry, and one each from Google Books and Hathi Trust Digital Library


Updates

Resources - corrected links from Don's Page, changed BYU Digital Books to FamilySearch Books, added the Digital Public Library of America, Genealogy Trails and Historic Map Works

Fairfield County, Connecticut - four new links from Ancestry

Litchfield County, Connecticut - 102 new links from Ancestry, and 7 from GenealogyToday

New Haven County, Connecticut - three new links from Ancestry

Michigan - now with 24 out of 83 counties linked

Montana - now with 5 out of 56 counties linked

Chautauqua County, New York - corrected one bad link

New Hanover County, North Carolina - corrected one bad link and added one new link from Don's List

Cuyahoga County, Ohio - one new link from the Internet Archive

Wayne County, Ohio - two new links from the Internet Archive, two from WorldVitalRecords, one from FamilySearch Books, four from Ancestry, one from Historic Map works

Pennsylvania - now with 27 out of 67 counties linked

Dane County, Wisconsin - with 49 new links from Ancestry, one from GooBooGeni, three from the Internet Archive, 58 from the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, one from WorldVitalRecords


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Friday, July 19, 2013

Free Webinar: Direct Your Research with City Directories



Legacy Family Tree Webinars presents a free webinar, "Direct Your Research with City Directories," with Maureen Taylor on Wednesday, July 31st, 2:00 PM, EDT. The course description states: "Browse the pages of various types of directories to discover where your ancestor worked, lived and played. City Directories are for more than family research. The details can help you date a photograph or plot your relative on a map." It is geared toward beginning and intermediate researchers.

"Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Better Homes & Gardens, the Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, DIY: Scrapbooking, PBS Ancestors, Creative Memories' Lasting Moments, Dear Myrtle, and Satisfaction Magazine. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine. The Wall Street Journal calls Maureen 'the nation’s foremost historical photo detective.' Before she was the Photo Detective, Maureen was known for her expertise researching families in her home state of Rhode Island."

You can sign up for the webinar here.


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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Video Tutorial: Researching City Directories Using the Internet Archive



Kenneth R. Marks of The Ancestor Hunt website has a very good tutorial on researching city directories at the Internet Archive. It is posted at YouTube and is free to access:


To watch a bigger (screen-wise) version of this video, click on the "play" button above, then click on the YouTube icon that will appear at the bottom of the video. This will take you to the YouTube site to see a larger screen.

Ken also has a number of tutorials on newspaper research on his site.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

GA, IN, KY, MN, MO, NY, OH, PA, and WV New Pages and Updates



New Pages

Butler County, Missouri - with 11 links from the Poplar Bluff Public Library and five from Ancestry

Montgomery County, Ohio - with three new links from the Internet Archive

Muskingum County, Ohio - with three new links from the Internet Archive


Updates

Fulton County, Georgia - repaired link to 1872 Atlanta city directory

Jefferson County, Indiana - three new links from the Internet Archive

Jefferson County, Kentucky - three new links from the Internet Archive

Hennepin County, Minnesota - 26 new links from the Hennepin County Library

Missouri - now with eight counties and the City of St. Louis linked, out of 114 counties

City of St. Louis, Missouri - three new links from the Internet Archive

New York City, New York - repaired link to 1875 Brooklyn city directory

Ohio - now with 32 out of 88 counties linked

Hamilton County, Ohio - three new links from the Internet Archive

Scioto County, Ohio - three new links from the Internet Archive

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania - 27 new links from Historic Pittsburgh, two new links from Don's List, nine new links each from Ancestry and Fold3, 11 new links from the Internet Archive, and five new links from Google Books

Armstrong County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Beaver County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh and one new link from Don's List

Blair County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Butler County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Cambria County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Clearfield County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Crawford County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Cumberland County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Dauphin County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Fayette County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Greene County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Indiana County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Lawrence County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Lebanon County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Lehigh County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Luzerne County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

McKean County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Mercer County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Somerset County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Warren County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Washington County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

York County, Pennsylvania - two new links from Historic Pittsburgh

Ohio County, West Virginia - three new links from the Internet Archive


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Monday, January 28, 2013

PRONI's (Ireland) Street Directories Database Revamped


A Derry genealogy expert says a revamped digital street directory database will be a valuable tool for the city’s amateur family historians.
Brian Mitchell, the genealogist with Derry City Council, says the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland’s (PRONI) Street Directories - which have undergone a major overhaul - will be a great resource for anyone researching their family history.
“With PRONI’s Street Directories database researchers now have a free online facility to search a large number of directories for many towns in Ulster for the period 1819 to 1900 including the New Directory of 1839 and New Commercial Directory of 1840 for Derry City,” he says.
Finish reading this article at the Derry Journal here. The Street Directories database on the PRONI site can be found here.

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