This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) is a compilation of U.S. phone directories from 1993-2002. Telephone directories can be useful as locators of adults in a specific time and place, and are especially useful for twentieth-century family research. You can also use this record collection to search for living cousins with unusual last names--not so useful for Smith, perhaps, but try this search:
Last name: Giesey (Exact)
Lived in—Location: Illinois, USA (Exact)
Fifteen search results, and nearly all those persons live in just three places!
Each entry in this record collection provides the following information:
Name: William Pearson
Residence Years: 2002
Address: 3910 Longwood Dr SW
Residence Place: Concord, North Carolina, USA
Zip Code: 28027-9203
Phone Number: 704-795-3088
The above is a listing for my brother Bill (now deceased, and his family no longer lives there). There are several items of special interest:
Residence Place: Provides city or town only (not county)
Zip Code: Provides zip + 4
Phone Number: Potentially useful if they're still at that address
Notice the View Neighbors item? If you click it, you get a list of persons also living on that street (in this case, Longwood Drive SW) during the 1993-2002 time period. Does knowing who neighbors were seem like potentially useful information for genealogists, private investigators, police officers looking into cold cases, etc.? Yup—sure does!
A quirk of this record collection: you can’t search it for phone numbers! That’s right—even though it’s a collection of phone books, and even though Phone Number is included in entry listings, you can’t search for a phone number (not even as a Keyword)! Perhaps a suggestion to Ancestry.com is in order…
You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.