Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan), and other topics in genealogy and family history.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

A Detroit City Directory Research Aid

As a family history researcher with Detroit roots, I'm really happy to have access to the very extensive set of Detroit city directories available at And I'm sorry to add a but, but it's not comprehensive. I've spent way too much time waiting for a directory to load, only to discover the pages I need are missing, and it's happened often enough that I finally decided to make a reference list to post on the bulletin board next to my desk. The list is a single page PDF. You can download it below.

I've already started to add personal time-savers to my list. For example, under the 1920 entry, I've noted "Hauer 727" so I can go straight to that image in the H surname section next time. It also gives me a clue about what image number to try when I start looking for another surname. Further, by comparing the total number of images for the next year's directory, I can estimate what image number to start searching there.

I wish I'd thought of this years ago!


Michigan Girl said...

Great post! Myself, siblings, parents, grandparents and much extended family are all from Detroit. Most of my family still live there. I too have a blog and it's called
Michigan Family Trails

I am going to add your blog to my reading list and I thank Randy Seaver for sharing the link in his post of best of the week blog posts.
Best regards,

TK said...

Thanks, Diane, and I'll have to visit Genea-Musings and thank Randy too.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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