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From: "Jan Miller" <>
Subject: Re: [GEN-NYS] Help finding marriage record, Brooklyn 1910's
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 08:49:38 -0700
Go to the Brooklyn City Directories!
You can track a person from his first Directory appearance to the one in
which they move or otherwise disappear from of the listing.
Start with the year before and do a year/two after, just to be sure.
I tracked a 20 year period of Richard Jones's in NYC 1870's [!], recording
each Richard's occupation and address by year on a list.
Made it easier to refine, identify and select your likely ancestor in that
group you have been tracking. Occasionally there's an omission, so don't
quit too soon.
When I got a marriage certificate in which the bride's name [Margaret Jones]
with her name, parent's and address was given, that address confirmed the
address of a Richard Jones in my tracking list. This was great, because the
surname JONES, Richard, NYC was PLENTIFUL!
I then found the family in a census before and after each side of the years
I had viewed.
I was able to tell when he became a widower and moved. Also due to the City
Directory I was able to find the next address--which was a Boarding House
(apt). I would never have known THAT without using the City Directory.
It's a companion tool for use with the census on both sides of your time
Address and occupation makes it easier to find the right name in any census;
once at the right census, more information is available.
>From the City Directories you can also tell when the father dies, because
the wife is then listed as 'widow'.
Using CityDirectories is fast and easy, because they are printed in 2 year
issues and alphabetized, so you can got directly to the spot where your
surname should appear. Once you have grabbed all possible candidates, go to
the next 2-yr issue, and continue by year until you pass the appropriate
Almost all large towns and cities had some form of City Directories, even
when the telephone was non-existent.
You have to locate a history library near you or order Directory films for
your town/city from a Family History Center near you.
Give yourself an afternoon and you will probably hit PayDirt.
Jan in California
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Shearer Cooper" <>
To: <>; <>;
Sent: Friday, September 04, 2009 7:32 AM
Subject: [GEN-NYS] Help finding marriage record, Brooklyn 1910's
> Hello all,
> My great-aunt Rachel Sophia Johnson shows up in the 1910 census as an
> 18-year-old single woman living with her parents (Frank and Selma) in
> Brooklyn at 1515 8th Ave. Then I have her death certificate from 1918
> (pneumonia, presumably from the Spanish Flu pandemic) married with a last
> name of "Drosinas" but still living at 1515 8th Ave, and where it asks
> long resident in City of New York" is written "life".
> I cannot find any record of who her husband was, or anything about their
> marriage. There is a Drosinas family in New York in the 1920 census, it's
> certainly possible it's the right people, but can anyone tell me where I
> might find more definitive proof? A marriage record would be awesome .
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