Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Finds in Directories: 16 January 2015

Recently, I found the following articles regarding historical directories:
  • Online Chicago Maps at The Newberry Library Blog - while not an article about directories, it relates to those who use Chicago city directories, as it's important to do your research using directories and maps in tandem.
  • Also, has updated their Canada, City and Area Directories, 1819-1906 indexed database - see New or Updated Databases - 13 to 19 December 2014 by Randy Seaver at GeneaMusings

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Finds in Directories: 12 December 2014

Recently, I found the following articles regarding historical directories:

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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


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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