Chicago City Directories

City Directories can be a great source of information on ancestors who lived in the 1800s and early 1900s, especially in big cities where it’s hard to find anything on the average Joe. Ancestry and Fold3 both have a collection of directories for Chicago, but we found recently that the 1910 directory is incomplete in…

City Directories

  Earlier this week I noticed several genealogy patrons looking at city directories. Have you tried finding your ancestor in such a directory? Larger cities often had city directories which contained lists of businesses and residents, sort of like a phone book except that you didn’t have to own a phone to be included in…