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City directories

Just bought a city directory from 1897. In my haste to look for family members, I did not take the time to read the directory from the beginning. Just did. It has a wealth of information for the genealogist. For instance, for the year 1897, I now know who ran the city government and departments. I know the names of all of the 'colored' churches in the town. I know where all of the railway stations were, and can figure out where a picture taken of the station my ancestors embarked from in 1905 is located. I know that while both 'white' and 'colored' male teachers made $30.00 a month, 'white' female teachers made $27, and 'colored' female teachers made $25 per month. I'm learning locations of various businesses, and the names of the 'colored' elementary schools. There is also a census of how many children of each designated race attend the schools and the length of the (very short) school year. I found that there are city directories that have been placed on CDs and sell for $9.99 on ebay. Oh, and I found out that my gggrandmother who had died by the 1900 census, was still alive in 1897 (or at least 1896 when they collected the information).

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City directories
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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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