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There are several different types of directories that can help you with your genealogical research. The directories that you are probably most familiar with are the telephone and city directories that list who lives in a particular area. However, you can also find directories that list the people who belonged to a particular profession, club, or ethnic group. This topic tells you how directories may help you in your research. Select any of the topics listed at the bottom of this topic to get more complete descriptions of what types of directories exist and where to find them.

The basic city directory can help you locate an individual in a specific time period. When you know your ancestors' addresses, it can be fun to drive by and look at their old homes. In some city directories you can also find information such as children's names, marriage dates, death dates, and birth dates.

But, sometimes other types of directories can provide you with even more interesting information about your ancestors. For example, a church directory may tell you about an individual's involvement in church activities, professional directories may give you an insight into your ancestor's professional life, and club directories can contain information about your ancestor's involvement in social activities.

In addition to finding out about your ancestors, you can use current directories and telephone books to help you find living relatives. By using directories, you may not only increase the size of your family tree, but also increase the number of invitations you send out for family reunions!

Select one of the topics above for more information about using directories.

Types of directories

How to find directories

Keys to successful genealogical research:

*Preparing for outside research

*Using libraries

*Taking notes

*Problems with old records: what to watch for

*Determining accuracy of information

*Other danger zones

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