By 1860, Samuel Stillman Glover is living in Rochester, New York. I was able to trace the last ten years of Samuel's life by using Rochester City Directories, available at the Rochester District Library website. Samuel's residence was his place of work, but if it hadn't been the directory would have had separate addresses for residence and work. The Rochester City Directory referenced advertisements that businesses placed in the directory. There wasn't one for Samuel, but there was one for his son, Alanson. Samuel lived in Rochester during the following years:
1863-16 East Avenue. Occupation: Varnishing and Repairing Furniture
1866-164 Main Street. Occupation: Chair Repairer
1867-164 Main Street Occupation: Chair Repairer
1868-164 Main Street. Occupation: Chair Repairer
1869-164 Main Street. Occupation: Chair Repairer
1870-38 Stillson Street. Occupation: Chair Repairer
Samuel Stillman Glover died 30 May 1870 in Rochester, New York.
Why I like to use city directories in my research:
- Often lists the names of person, spouse, family members and their residence.
- Helpful in finding information about the occupation of your family member.
- Can narrow down the immigration year of ancestor. When did your ancestor first appear in the city directory?
- Great for finding people in larger cities, especially if they didn't own their own home.
- Helps to know exactly what years your ancestor lived and worked in a certain place.
- Leads one to business advertisements that your ancestor may have placed in the directory.
- Leads you to area churches, schools, hospitals, funeral homes, etc, where you can look for more records.
- May list death information that occurred that year.
- It is a great place to check for other family members with the same, or different surnames.
Paid (or free at some libraries and Family History Centers)
Ancestry.com-U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
For more information:
A fellow Michigander, Jasia, wrote an excellent series of ten blog posts about using City Directories at her award winning blog, Creative Gene. I suggest to take a look at her posts, which are filled with a lot of helpful information.