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What year to record for info discovered in annual City Directories?

Don't just look at the alphabetical listings -- examine the entire directory for clues. The best internal evidence I have for the lead time so far is in some of the Price and Lee directories from New ...
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Who officiated at this baptism? (need help with handwriting)

I think the writing in the last column of entry 499 says: A. Pope Offg Min. [Officiating Minister] and that the occupation is: Mariner
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What year to record for info discovered in annual City Directories?

Certainly the date for the events should correspond to the effective date of the information in the Directory, and this is probably some time before the nominal date in the title of the Directory in ...
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How likely are 1915 Missouri neighbors with same last name to be related?

One possible line of inquiry (the one I would do next) is to investigate the properties themselves. What kind of properties were in that section of Main Street at that time? Can you find property ...
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What does "R F D" stand for in a city directory?

RFD = Rural Free Delivery, referring to those people on the rural mail routes. The numeral will refer to the route. The abbreviation is noted in the introductory information of a 1914 Missouri ...
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Abbreviation "H.M.C" in Sands Directory

I suspect that in 1890 H.M. may be Her Majesty's but C. might be Customs, Commissioner, Cutter or something else. The asker commented: I found Sands dir's in Ancestry. Found no list of abbr'ns there. ...
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What might occupation of "public school" mean in 1885 Sands and Macdougall Directory (for South Australia)?

I'm not too convinced that your ancestor, born in 1878, would appear in a directory in 1885. There's a history of Hindmarsh at www.sahistorians.org.au/175/bm.../a-heritage-history-of-hindmarsh.doc ...
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What does confy stand for in Missouri (USA) city directory?

I found one directory for 1906 where the listing of companies in the rear listed the same address for which the abbreviation confy was used under Confectionary. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, ...
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What might occupation of "public school" mean in 1885 Sands and Macdougall Directory (for South Australia)?

With some useful ideas thrown in by others I did some more research in the Sands and Macdougall Directories and Trove newspapers and noticed the timeline below: Adelaide Observer on 24 Nov 1883 - ...
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Determining location/address of Robert John Steven Sellers in 1900 from Sands and Macdougall Directory for South Australia?

If the layout is similar to the City Directories I am familiar with from the New England region in the USA, your 'subheading' of Regent Street is an indication where Regent Street crosses Halifax ...
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Tracing 20th Century UK family history in Brighton, Sussex, England?

This may fall into the "teach granny to suck eggs" category, but here goes. It has worked for me more than once. If the gentleman has descendants, than in all probability (although not definitively) ...
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What can I deduce (if anything) from these US City Directories

I see no way to distinguish based on city records alone between a husband who split and a husband who died. About the only thing you can deduce from the City Directories that in 1904 there seems to ...
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How can I find historical city directories for the United States?

If you want to find historical city directories for the United States, it is ridiculously time-consuming to look for them one at a time by the title of the directory. So how do you find them? By ...
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What can I deduce (if anything) from these US City Directories

Carefully. Consider the following from genwriters Several publishers wrote that they relied on street canvassing and the willingness of residents to offer information/identification. Contrast that ...
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What can I deduce (if anything) from these US City Directories

I'd offer a couple of options besides deceased or separated/divorced. He could be either in a prison or, more likely considering his occupation, in a sanitorium for tuberculosis or lung disease. That ...
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