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 City Directories

Editing

When editing a person, an event type "City Directory" allows entering a person's entry as found in a city directory.  Fields included:

  • Date (limit to a 4-digit year)
  • State + County + City
  • Page number (so that the person can be easily located in the directory source at a later date)
  • Occupation: Directories often abbreviate occupations, with a list of abbreviations elsewhere in the directory. Please look it up and spell it out, consistently with others already there. If you still can't figure it out, check with directories from other years or censuses. It doesn't help much to record something that does not make sense.

    If there are multiple occupations in one listing (like "shoemaker and bootmaker"), enter this as too separate occupations, not one joined with "and"

    The occupations are automatically copied to the tag section. If a city directory entry is updated or removed, this does NOT automatically remove the related tag. If needed, remove it separately

  • Employer: The employer is automatically comes from the list found under the event type "organization", but it remains separate, not does populate to the organization list.
  • Work Address: Enter only the street address
  • Home Address: Enter only the street address
  • Notes

On the main page when viewing a person, since there could be many city directory entries per person, a button in green at the top shows or hides them. These then remain shown or hidden from person to person, until the button is clicked again.

Reporting

When hovering over the location part of the city directory, a popup menu comes up with the additional options:

  • "People in City Directory" -- Lists all people found with this city directory year and location.
  • "This Person in All Directories" -- Lists this person across all city directory entries.

In these lists that come up:

  • The green checkmark button at the top allows selecting and ordering the columns that appear, which can include all of the fields specific to the city directory (page, occupation, employer, addresses, notes).
  • Clicking a column heading will sort the list by that column. For the address columns, it attempts to sort by the street part of the address first, and then by the number second.
  • In the upper right is a link to a global city directory index, listing all years and locations with the number of people in each.  This is also found on the main menu under "Places"
  • In the right is the option to save the link to the full source of the directory for future reference.

Mapping

On a person's page, clicking the globe button in the upper right goes to a map of places the person lived.  This includes the city directory entries, and it tries to map the location of the home addresses if defined.  Note that addresses from 100+ years ago may or may not correspond to current maps.



Updated: 7-29-2016