City Directories & Rural Directories
For the genealogist, directories are very useful for placing people in a particular place at a particular time. The directories generally reveal where an ancestor lived and worked. Using this information inconjunction with the census can lead us to many other rich resources for gleaning family information.
Typically the directories will contain an alphabetical list of the residents, listing the names of the heads of household, their addresses, and occupational information. Often the wife’s name will be listed following the husband’s name, generally in italics or parentheses. In some cases children’s names and ages are also listed.
A directory may also contain a listing of businesses, streets, governmental offices, schools, churches, post offices, and other miscellaneous interesting facts. Be sure to look for business advertisements also!
One caution: directories are not perfect! You must watch out for variant spelling of surnames, typographical errors, and realize that many omissions occurred.
The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library has a collection of city and rural directories in the Genealogy & Local History Department.
Click here to view the list of City Directories & Rural Directories available at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library.
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