Friday, April 6, 2012

Dedicated Website by NY Public LIbrary for Digitized 1940 NYC Telephone Directories

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Several weeks ago I alerted the readers about the NY Public Library digitizing the 1940 NYC telephone directories as finding locational aides for the 1940 census. The dedicated site is: http://directme.nypl.org/

Remember to look in the correct borough! A magnifying tool appears as you move through the page. When you find your person, line up the left arrow on the magnifying tool and click. This brings up a new window--to the special facility on the One-Step website of Steve Morse and Joel Weintraub.. where you type in the name and address identically as it appears in the telephone directory. This will tell you the possible ED (enumeration districts) numbers for the address. There are also maps of the area to help you narrow down the EDs,

An extra added feature from the New York Times is a running headlines for
the day in 1940.

Remember that not everyone could afford a telephone in 1940 and therefore
they might not be listed.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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