Most of us don’t live in stately Wayne Manor (or, for that matter, a house that even remotely resembles Batman’s palatial estate). We can still be interested in the history of our houses, however. St. Louis city directories provide listings by street address in addition to alphabetical listings beginning in 1930. Prior to 1930, however, finding information on a particular street address used to be very difficult and time consuming.
Electronic resources like Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) have made pre-1930 searches much easier to accomplish. For example, let’s assume that you are looking for information on 3206 Hebert Street. To begin:
· Click SEARCH—ALL CATEGORIES.
· Click SHOW MORE OPTIONS next to the orange SEARCH button.
· LIVED IN Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
· KEYWORD “3206 Hebert” (Exact)
By the way, don’t include street, avenue, or other designator in KEYWORD, as it can throw off your results depending on how the designator appears in the source material.
The search results page shows listings from Ancestry LE’s extensive collection of U.S. city directories. You can also click on any of the categories to the left under ALL CATEGORIES to see results from Census & Voter Lists; Birth, Marriage, & Death; or Schools, Directories, & Church Histories.
So, how did we do with our search for 3206 Hebert?
· 15 relevant results from U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995
· 4 relevant results from Telephone Directories
· 8 relevant results from U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, vols. 1 & 2
· 3 relevant results from U.S. Census, 1790-1940
· 2 relevant results from Birth, Marriage, & Death
Our first relevant result dated from 1889; the last from 2002. Not bad, eh?
You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.