Lady Farmers

I finished adding all of a business directory from 1869-70 for the rural Towns in Monroe County. That directory includes people that are farming as businesses. I noticed that in every Town that there were some ladies listed as farmers. Seeing as they most all were listed as Mrs., I suspect that they were widows. …

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Western NY Business Directory

The Rochester Public Library has added a new book to their online collection. This new book is Business Directory of Western New York for the years 1898-1899. What makes this directory useful is that it covers both the big cities and also many of the smaller villages in western NY. Included in this directory are …

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Rochester Italian Directory – 1931

I found that the Rochester Public Library has put online a directory of Italians living in Rochester in 1931. It is only about 120 pages with most of those being a list of people with their occupation and address. There is also some advertising at the front and back of the book. Most of the …

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1930s Local Directories

The Rochester Public Library had the 1940 Rochester and Suburban directories digitized before the 1940 census was released. At that time they said that they were working on the directories for the 1930s. They are now online. That means that every Rochester directory from 1827 to 1940 is available online. Start at this web page …

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Rochester Society Blue Books

The Rochester Public Library has added a collection of 16  “Blue Books” for the years of 1901 to 1940. In this case, these directories are a listing of the Society people of Rochester and surrounding area.People are listed alphabetically with married women’s maiden name shown in some of the volumes. Then is listed the address …

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Using the 1940 Directories on the 1940 Census

The Rochester Public Library has added the 1940 Rochester and Suburban directories to earlier ones that they already had online. These will be of great help in finding your family on the 1940 census that comes online on April 2nd. There won’t be any index available for the census for at least 6 months to …

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Name Changes

You’ve heard the stories about how people had their name changed at Ellis Island. It never happened. The people at Ellis Island only recorded the names. By looking at Rochester directories you can see people who just came to America spelling their name as in the Old Country for the first few years. Then a …

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Rochester City directories

     There is more information in the old Rochester City directories than most people imagine. They were issued randomly at first beginning with the one in 1827. Then by the 1840s they were issued every two years. Beginning in 1866 they were issued every year. They were done by canvassers just like the census. But …

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