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Using City Directories to Solve Genealogical Mysteries

  • Vermont Genealogy Library 377 Hegeman Avenue Colchester, VT, 05446 United States (map)

Lynn Johnson has updated this class to focus solely on city directories, the precursors of telephone books. City directories are interesting in that they tell you what kind of work your ancestors did and oftentimes where they worked, but that is just one piece of what you might learn from these books. Lynn will go over the kinds of information directories contain and where to find them. Staying organized while collecting the information can be an issue, whether you copy by hand, scan the book, or download images at home. Lynn will share organizing tips that will be helpful whether you’re researching many people in one city, or just one person. Some genealogical mysteries can be solved using city directories together with other sources, but they might also present you with new mysteries to work out. Lynn will show you examples of both from her family research and many years exploring directories.

Class fee is $5.00 for members and the public. All Classes are on Saturdays at 10:30 AM and end at noon. 

Earlier Event: November 5
Introductory Workshop to Zen
Later Event: November 12
Oral History as Discovery Research