Now that you have your research targets, you will need locations. As mentioned last time, family letters or address books would be great, but most of us don’t have access to that information. City directories are an excellent source for locating addresses. Unlike a telephone book (another alternative for locating addresses), city directories usually list both husband and wife, as well as adult children, and their occupations. You can also locate those who are lodgers or boarders by name as well. The address section of the directory allows you to identify the names of the householder and lodgers, as well as cross streets near the address. These cross streets will be vital in identifying the enumeration district in which the person is listed on the census.


City directories are available for many large towns and cities. Local libraries often have directories for their own communities, but The Genealogy Center has one of the largest collections of city directories in books and on microfilm. Be sure to check both the Microtext Catalog and Genealogy Center Catalog for our holdings.

Other sources for locating addresses include other types of directories (church, alumni) and the World War II draft lists.