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July 17th, 2017:

City Directories: Mapping Ancestors

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The topic today focuses on using information in city directories for mapping ancestors. By the term mapping ancestors, I am referring to using a variety of maps to help pinpoint where your ancestors lived using different types of maps.

Since December 2016, I have discussed using City Directories for your research.  Previous posts in this series are:

Also, in June, I talked about Sanborn maps, which is relevant to today’s post.

Although today’s post is about using information in city directories, you can also apply the same methods for mapping ancestors using census, or possibly tax, information. However, this will only work if you have their address. City directories work very well for mapping your ancestors because they give addresses for those who are listed and the street directory gives information on the owner of the home. As with past posts in the series, I’ll continue using information on the Pettiford family.

Let’s get started….


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