April 12, 2014 AustinGenSIG Presentation
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.
"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.
by Kory L. Meyerink, AG, FUGA
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