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From: "Ellen Woods" <>
Subject: Re: [IL-COOK-CHICAGO] Address Assistance
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 14:43:37 -0500
References: <940864.10808.qm@web59106.mail.re1.yahoo.com>


Ruth,

Do you mean that if the man (or if no one) in the house wasn't working, his
name wouldn't appear in the city directory?

Ellen

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From: "Ruth Susmarski" <>
To: <>; <>
Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 8:31 AM
Subject: [IL-COOK-CHICAGO] Address Assistance


A little clarification on Chicago City Directories-vs- Chicago Telephone
Books.

The City Directories began in 1839, usually listing the head of the
household, occupation, a home address, and sometimes a business address.
Directories were also split into two sections, the General Directory and the
Business Directory. Later City Directories seem to include anyone working in
a household. They City Directories were more or less annual publications
through 1917. Two issues were published after that; one in 1923 and one in
1928. There is also Polk's Reverse Directory 1928-29, which is searchable by
address: http://www.chsmedia.org/househistory/polk/start.pdf

Chicago Telephone Books were/are separate publications that began sometime
in the 1880s. Unfortunately, the two are often confused or thought to be one
and the same.

Ruth


--- On Mon, 7/13/09, Cheryl <> wrote:


From: Cheryl <>
Subject: Re: [IL-COOK-CHICAGO] Address Assistance
To:
Date: Monday, July 13, 2009, 9:57 PM




Hi Carla and Karen,

Welcome to this list!

I'm very sorry, though, that I can't help you on this; there are no
"reverse" directories, that I know of for those years.

City directories stopped in the late 1920's and were replaced by phone
books. Only those who had private lines were listed, I believe; Party lines,
weren't. (List, please correct me if my understanding is incorrect).

If you are looking for specific surnames, you can ask for a surname look-up
here; maybe a list member will volunteer for you. Otherwise, the Arlington
Heights Memorial Library has phone books and will do paid look-ups.

Good Luck!

Cher


What we need help with is who was living at the following addresses .
>
> 514 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois , 1948 or a year or two before
> or after, and
>
> 1817 North Sawyer, Chicago, Illinois 60647 , 1966 or a year
> or two before or after.







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