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UMass Amherst Libraries

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.

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