Friday, May 13, 2016

Ancestry Users Group (TAG) has a great meeting!

The Ancestry Users Group (TAG) met again on May 12th at 12:30 at the Shadle Park Library. About 25 folks came to increase their understanding of Ancestry and learn how to better use that wonderful website. If you are nibbling around the edges of wanting to know more about using, then YOU are invited to join TAG! Our next meeting is Thursday, June 9th, 12:30-2:15, at the Shadle Park Library.

At the May gathering, Oweta gave a good lesson on Finding and Using the City Directories on Ancestry. Did you know that Ancestry has city directories dating back to 1822? Not for all cities, of course, but for many. Spokane, for instance. Ancestry has city directories from 1889 to 1960 for Spokane! (Disclosure: the actual city directory books for these years are on the shelves of the downtown Spokane public library.) 

Oweta explained that city directories were the phone books of their day. (The first telephone book was published in 1878.) With a city directory, you could look up people, businesses, neighbors, and sometimes even find ads for your ancestor's businesses or a map of that city. 

To learn more about TAG, contact Marge Mero, coordinator (pink shirt/purple vest) at 

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