Genealogists are a special breed‐‐and their appetite for information sometimes feels endless. No reference is too obscure, no tombstone too faded. Join us to learn about an often‐overlooked resource to use when gathering information for family or local histories‐‐city directories. These directories help patrons locate information about people, organizations, and neighborhoods between the census decades and after 1940.

Explore the wealth of information in city directories
Access city directories online and in print
Utilize directories to understand growth of cities and communities
Supplement census information with city directory entries
Compile House Histories

Today, many of these resources are online. Even so, we’ll look at examples of paper and digital city directories to uncover clues about the past and present including how neighborhoods changed, who else lived in a house, when streets changed their names, and even tricks to determine when a spouse died.




Original broadcast October 18, 2018

Miriam Kahn ~ Biography
MBK CONSULTING was founded by Miriam Kahn, MLS, MA, PhD in 1991. Her company specializes in providing consulting and educational services to libraries, archives, historical societies, museums and other cultural institutions. http://www.mbkcons.com

In 1992, Miriam began teaching workshops in Library & Information Science at Kent State University. These workshops continue to be popular today and include Genealogy & Local History Research Methods, Accessing Government Documents: Print & On-Line.