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Questions tagged [directories]

Use for questions about books which list information about a geographical area or subject matter. Directories are compiled sources and can contain lists of names, street addresses, telephone numbers, and other information about residents, professions, retailers, tradesmen, and suppliers and manufacturers.

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What can I deduce (if anything) from these US City Directories

I'm looking at the City Directories for Youngstown, Ohio (Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. ) My ancestor William ...
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Meaning of occupation codes in Maine Town Register?

What is the meaning of 'ph' in records? I found this abbreviation in the 1906 Town Register of Jefferson, Lincoln County, Maine next to my grandfather's name. He was listed as ptr, and ph. His name ...
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How can I find historical city directories for the United States?

I want to search the entire U.S. from 1750 to 1959 for residences. I have found the Polk city directories in the archives of some libraries in several cities, and it is useful. But I have to travel ...
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How likely are 1915 Missouri neighbors with same last name to be related?

I see a George Bismarck Foster (b. May 1869 Missouri – d. abt 1940) married 1890 to Anna M. Faught (b. 5 Jun 1870 Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania – d. 17 Aug 1931 Boonville, Cooper, Missouri) that ...
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What does “R F D” stand for in a city directory?

I've seen several entries in different cities of the Missouri area that use the abbreviation of R F D sometimes followed by a numeral for the address of a person. What does R F D stand for?
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What does confy stand for in Missouri (USA) city directory?

In city directories around 1906 to 1910 for Independency, Jackson, Missouri, what does the abbreviation "confy" stand for?
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What might occupation of “public school” mean in 1885 Sands and Macdougall Directory (for South Australia)?

Below is an image from the Sands and Macdougall Directory in South Australia for 1885 which lists Sellars Louisa, public school, Hindmarsh on page 388/984. Hindmarsh is an inner suburb of Adelaide, ...
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Determining location/address of Robert John Steven Sellers in 1900 from Sands and Macdougall Directory for South Australia?

Relatively recently I have discovered what a wealth of information is available about my South Australian ancestors in the annual Boothby and then Sands and Macdougall Directories from 1864 to 1973 ...
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Tracing 20th Century UK family history in Brighton, Sussex, England?

I'm looking for any descendants of a particular gent who resided in Brighton, Sussex, England in 1950. I have the gent's first two initials and surname, and residential (street) address. Can anyone ...
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Who officiated at this baptism? (need help with handwriting)

This image was clipped from a baptism register that is part of the Devon Parish records at Find My Past. These are baptisms performed in the Year 1888-9 at Slapton, St James the Greater (snippet is ...