JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen City Directories or Anyone Going to the NYC Archives? #general
Jeri Solomon writes:
"If anyone has a trip planned to the NYC archives or the library and could
check a few Manhattan city directories for me I would be very grateful.
After months of hitting brick walls I think I may have finally found my
great-grandfather in the 1910 US Census but the information is sketchy."
Many New York City directories have now been digitized and are available for
online searching. Check out the Internet Archive to search for directories
from the locales you are researching at:http://www.archive.org/
In the case of New York, check under: "Trow's general directory of the
boroughs of Manhattan and Bronx, city of New York"
Internet Archive has directories for 1903 (although missing A-H it seems),
1907, 1909, 1913, 1914. The link to the 1909 directory, which might be the
one you are looking for, is:
These directories have an easy search engine for names, but it's not 100
percent reliable, so best to scan through the pages by the alphabetical
listings. An easy search bar at the bottom (or page turner at the right)
makes for fast searches. You can also download the entire directory to your
computer, kindle reader, and more options. You can save page images. The
digitizing sponsor is the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.
There's also a Manhattan phone directory for 1946 here:
Interested in Brooklyn? Try searching under "Brooklyn, New York City Directory"
Here's a link to the 1912directory
As you can imagine...there are tons more directories for cities across the
U.S. and internationally, as well as professional historical directories and
more just waiting for you. Internet Archive has become an incredibly useful
resource for genealogists.
A basic Google search for "city directory" and a town name and year will also
yield more options digitized by other groups or societies.
Curious about Internet Archive? They are a non-profit organization
dedicated to offering permanent access to historical collections that exist
in digital format. They believe that, "if libraries are to continue to foster
education and scholarship in this era of digital technology, it's
essential for them to extend those functions into the digital world."
Seek and ye shall find!
Santa Monica, CA