Wednesday, August 26, 2009

City Directories at Patchogue-Medford Library

We are happy to announce that the Patchogue-Medford Library has expanded their collection of city directories. They are wonderful research tools for genealogists. Although they are similar to telephone directories in providing the viewer with surnames and addresses, they often provide more information. They list names and addresses of hospitals, asylums, cemeteries, churches, newspapers and schools. Females who are widowed are listed with a (W). They show whether a person owns or rents their home. City directories also list a person's occupation, expanding the social history of a family.

The collection includes:
  • Brooklyn, from 1822 through 1913, and 1933-34
  • Manhattan, from 1665-1934
  • Queens, from 1902-1912, and 1933-34

The format is either microfilm or microfiche, and are available for use in their Periodicals Room whenever the library is open. All are welcome. Visit their website: or call the Reference Desk with any questions: 631) 654-4700.

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