The Dead in Directories

Don’t assume that dead people can’t be listed in city directories. Widowed women are often listed in directories along with their deceased husband’s name. And don’t forget that widows were not always widows either–sometimes they were actually divorced. That’s not the case with Julia VanHoorebeke–she was an actual widow. dead-in-directories


2 thoughts on “The Dead in Directories

  1. deb

    Sometimes city directories will also list a date of death that occurred in the months preceding the publication of the city directories.

    1. Florence Ginter

      I cannot seem to find a website that will lead me to NYC directories. Before computers, I went to the Archives in NYC, but I don’t live there any more. Is there a way i can access them? I’d appreciate help.


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