Friday, September 19, 2008

Library Program: A Crash Course in City Directories - September 27, 2008

On Saturday, September 27, 2008, the Herb Caen Magazines and Newspapers Center will present a free program on city directories and their relevance in genealogical research. The program will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room located on the Lower Level of the Main Library.

The program description is as follows:

Long before phones and phone books, local publishers were printing city directories for thousands of metropolitan areas in the United States and Canada (and elsewhere). These directories were usually published every year and contained a listing of most of the residents as well as businesses, churches, elected officials, newspapers, etc. in larger cities and towns and often the surrounding areas. This workshop will show how you can use city directories to determine family relationships, land ownership, occupation, spouse’s name, race, address, nearby relatives and much more, and why using city directories should be a part of every genealogical project. We’ll look at city directories in print, in microform, and online.

Lisa B. Lee, a board member of the California Genealogical Society, is the guest speaker.

This program is supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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