Short Notes

I uploaded a chapter on directory research for my Genealogical Guide to Monroe County. A lot of the city and county directories are online. If you haven’t looked for your families in the directories, you should. The Church Records Preservation Committee of Rochester Genealogical Society (RGS) has added records of Lakeside Presbyterian Church that was …

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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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