JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Seeking lost cousin in Israel [or, searching by street address] #general

Logan J. Kleinwaks

Ed Levine knows the 1960s Tel Aviv street on which a relative lived,
but not her name. Perhaps, you learned the street address of a
relative, but not his full name, >from an Ellis Island passenger
manifest. Or, a postcard. In general, if you want to locate people
by old street address, you can try searching the collection of
historical telephone, business, and residential directories at Just make your search term the street
name (in appropriate language), with or without the building number,
depending on how much you know, all enclosed in quotes, if more than
one word. For example, in Ed's case, I make the search term "Kikar
Masaryk" and change the "Any Place" option to "Israel." About 40
matches in the (English) 1965 Israel Telephone Directory are returned,
linked to scans of the relevant pages (for some other directories, a
.DjVu browser plugin is needed to view images). Hopefully, Ed will
recognize one of the names, or be able to use an occupation that is
listed to confirm the relative's identity, or use this as a basis for
further research. For an up-to-date list of directories included in
such a search, see

Logan Kleinwaks
near Washington, D.C.

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