• Robyn

    Another HUGE collection of directories is at Allen County Library in Indiana. I have utilized them year by year, but its only possible when ancestors are in big cities. The rural areas, which many of our ancestors started in, have much less coverage. I get excited when they move to big cities just for that reason alone. And I also have a case where directories helped break a brick wall.

    • Thanks so much for that tip about the lack of coverage in rural areas. Quite a few of my ancestors were share-croppers in many small Texas towns right after slavery ended. But you’re right, once they moved to the cities looking for better opportunities, tracking them was a whole lot easier! Again thank you!