|Page 953 - Detroit City Directory - Listing for Wm. Lindsay (deceased)|
I know that city directory listings can be great sources of information for our ancestors. I use them all the time.
I’ve seen the women listed as “widow of John Smith.” However, today, I found a listing for my 2nd great grandfather, William Lindsay in the 1899 Detroit City Directory. I wasn’t looking for him specifically, but for another of our Lindsay clan. As I’m going down the list I see this entry:
Lindsay, Wm (aged 68), died July 4, 1898.
I wouldn’t have thought to look for a listing for him in the 1899 city directory, knowing that he’d died in 1898.
This gives one more piece of evidence as to his death date. I already have a death certificate, his headstone photo and his burial record from Woodmere Cemetery. But, isn’t it nice to have one more piece of evidence that confirms what I already have?
Can we ever have too much evidence? NO!
This gives me motivation to look at other city directory listings in the year following an ancestor’s death, and see if they are listed.
Was this just a one time thing, done only in 1899? I guess I’ll find out.
Have you found death dates in city directories?
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