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.
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