Austin Genealogy Special Interest Group (SIG)

April 12, 2014 AustinGenSIG Presentation

"City Directories:
A Possible Breaker of Roadblocks"

Presented by
Ashton C. Mouton, Jr.

Ashton will talk about what a City Directory is, what it can do for you, how to use it, and how to find unknown relatives. He will cover a little of the history of city directories, what is in a city directory, why you should use a directory, how to make a directory work for you, different kinds of directories, what directories are on the Internet, how to identify African American ancestors, and an example of how to use all that information. What better way to learn how to break down some of your roadblocks.

A little history about Directories from ProGenealogists

"Although a group of Dutch magistrates in New Amsterdam (now New York City) compiled a list of residents by street in 1665, the first true, separately published city directory in America first appeared more than a century later in 1785. It was preceded by some scattered attempts to list city residents privately, such as a 1752 list for Baltimore, or as part of a larger publication, such as the 1782 list for Charleston in a statewide almanac. However, it was appropriately in Philadelphia, the young country's largest city at that time, that two different individuals issued competing directories in November 1785.

Not to be outdone, New York City's first directory appeared the following year. Before the turn of the century, directories had also appeared for Boston (1789), Baltimore (1796), and even Hartford (1799). Including the Charleston offerings, the nation now had directories for its five largest cities, and a new industry had been born."

by Kory L. Meyerink, AG, FUGA

Remember sharing and working together is what membership in a
Special Interest Group (SIG) is all about.
We all learn from each other!

And It's all FREE! - We just want you to join us.

Bring your curiosity and your questions!

And your laptop - we have a WIFI connection, extension cords
and lots of tables so you can be confortable.

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AustinGenSIG has to offer!

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