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Genealogy

A guide to selected genealogical resources at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.

Introduction

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library houses an extensive collection of early city directories. Genealogical researchers use city directories to obtain information about individuals in specific places at particular points in time. City directories include names, addresses, and occupations. They may also reveal age, marital status, home ownership, and race. In addition, these resources frequently list information regarding churches, cemeteries, schools, local businesses, railways, newspapers, social organizations, town services, and city officials.

Also of Interest

Street directory of the principal cities of the United States, embracing letter-carrier offices established to April 30, 1908. Rev. in the Division of Dead Letters, under the direction of P. V. De Graw, fourth Assistant Postmaster-General.
Call Number: HE 6368 A5 1908
Contains the names of streets, avenues, lanes, roads, etc., of mail deliveries in 1908. Streets appear alphabetically and following each is a list of the cities with that street.

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