Re: List of Rabbis in New York Area mid 1800's #records


City directories contain prefatory materials that include house of worship listings. These often include names and addresses of clergy.

Far too many people nowadays only access online city directories for name searches. Those of us who examined physical volumes in our research learned the true value of a city directory is more than that. They contain a history of a region's development, announce street re-naming and numbering schemes, census and demographic statistics, and provide lists of civic offices, schools, fraternal organizations, and more. They often contain a reverse street directory. The table of contents will guide you.

It is worth taking the time to scroll to the beginning and the end pages of online/microfilmed city directories and not limit yourself to using them merely for name searches.

Good hunting!
Pat Weinthal, USA

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