December 19 – Direct Link to the Past – City Directories for Genealogy

Mary Roddy

City Directories are a tool for genealogists to fill in gaps between census years and learn more about ancestors. But if you’re just searching for a name, you’re missing out! In this presentation see many sources to find directories. Mary will show you what to look for in them, including understanding the “anatomy” of a directory and what might be in one. Learn some tips for getting the most out of them by using address searches, alternate spellings, advertisements and more to understand your ancestors’ world and their movements within it. Directories are also a source for historical images that might not be available elsewhere. See how to track your searches and results using spreadsheets. And learn how directories will lead you to clues for further follow-up research.

About the Speaker: Mary Roddy, a CPA, earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History from University of Washington and attended SLIG. She regularly presents for Legacy FamilyTreeWebinars.