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What are directories and where can I find them?

Directories come in all types: city, telephone, county, regional, professional, religious, post office, street, ethnic, and school. The directories you search will depend on the type of information you know about the individual. The information that you can find in a directory depends on the type of directory. For example, city directories normally list names and addresses. In some city directories you can also find information such as children's names, marriage dates, death dates, and birth dates. Other types of directories may provide you with even more interesting information about your ancestors. For instance, a church directory may tell you about an individual's involvement in church activities, professional directories may give you insight into your ancestor's professional life, and club directories may contain information about your ancestor's involvement in social activities.

Where can I find directories?

James A. Ethridge's Directory of Directories may help you determine which directory you need. The Directory of Directories is available at most libraries. The directories themselves can also be found in libraries throughout the United States. Because there are so many different directories, you may have to check with several libraries before you locate the directories you need.

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