The picture to the left shows the easy way of accessing city directories. You request the book. It gets delivered to you. You look up what you need. When you go online, it can be a whole different story. I had a patron last month who asked me to show him how to actually search and print out information from our online city directories. It was not easy.
As regular readers of this blog know, I do not remember how to do anything technological if I haven’t used a particular process for several months (or a shorter time if it’s complicated). Nobody has the time to keep reinventing the wheel. So early on I devised a system where I took screenshots of what I was doing and added instructions. (A good filing system helps here, whether hard copy or online.) So this is what I did to remind myself how to work with the city directories. If I need it, I figure some of you could use the help, too.
Below I give two links. The first is a link to the Newton City Directories that are online. The second is to my instructions for dealing with digitized city directories. Be patient. I may take a couple of minutes to come up. It is a pdf, so you should be able to print it out if you like to work from hard copy.
Click here for the digitized Newton City Directories.
If the above instructions do not work for the digitized city directories of other cities or towns, let me know, along with a link to those city directories.
Library website: http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog: https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com
Genealogy LibGuide: http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/genealogy