JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Utility of 40+ Year Old US Phone Numbers #general


Peter Zavon <pzavon@...>
 

Depending on the city in which the phone was located, there may be a
Criss-Cross Directory in a library or archive that would give you the street
address and name of the person listed for that number. Criss-Cross
Directories were phone books with listings in order of the phone number,
rather than in alphabetical order. They were used by governments (police,
etc.) and by sales organizations.

It is also worth remembering that some people in the US still live in the
same place they lived 40 years ago, and some of those will not have changed
their phone number in that time. My parents moved the family into a house in
1965. My brother owns it now, and the phone number is the same one we got
when we moved in there 44 years ago.

Admittedly, this will be a small fraction of the total, but it might be
worth calling the number, just to see who answers.

"Marc DVer" <mdver@dver.name> wrote
Is there some way to use a US phone number >from 40 years or more ago to
get more information about someone? Would there be records still in
existence >from the phone company that serviced the particular phone
number?
MODERATOR NOTE: Peter Zavon's observation is also the reason for the
JewishGen guideline that requires us to edit out any exact address in a
post that identifies a resident of that address within the last 72 years
(the blackout period of the US Census). Someone in the family may still
live there.

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