Yes, I have used them before. The discussion this morning was a handy reminder when my sister asked the question. (The two directories said I would have found the family in the 1920 census, but the directories were quicker.)
At the moment I am concentrating on the census; that Is, what I CAN find for our parents, grand parents, ggrandparents, and so on, as far back in the straight lines as the 1850 census. I'll go to the more difficult ones later.
I am noting holes and temporary no-shows. When I have a "new" family group completed for a generation, I "verify" them in our program, and mark all family members up to that point as "on hold."
This seems to me to be the most efficient way to proceed. Although I'm also sending out feelers for ggrandparents who appear to be brick walls.
When I run out of census information, I'll recheck the "on holds" from me and my husband, fill in the gaps, flesh out the stories, add collaterals, and so on. This is where I expect to really get to the sources like the city directories.
Where do I post this success story so it will do our members the most good?
This morning, surrounding the GenTrek presentation, Dawn and some others were discussing city directories. Later during a phone conversation, my sister asked where a family friend had had his pastorate. I said I'd find him in the city directories and in 5 minutes on Footnote I did. (I went to Footnote because I knew they had St. Louis directories.)
This is a success story for Genealogy Wise, and members could be encouraged about it — BUT where does it get posted?
This was a merely a lead given to me in 2004. See attached reference to Rosana's maiden name Starr, Father Richard of PA. The researcher never responded to my request for her source. I was able to confirm her information on Jonas Steed.
Gene, You are helping so many people, I don't know how you keep it all straight in your mind...but check this out...
I wrote to the Winona Historical Society to see if they have this document in archives. And also asked them for obits. I visited there once years ago looking for Thomas' birth certificate. They couldn't find it, but they were very nice and very helpful.
Thanks for the welcome. I am researching a line of the Waite family - New England, New York, Ohio (Clarke Co), Indiana (Miami Co). I am trying to find the father of Sullivan(t) Waite, b. about 1802 in NY, d. 1850 in Gilead, Ind. He was married to Margaret Woods of Champaign, Ohio. There are some listings by Marsha L. Ensminger about Sullivan Waite. Evidently, her husband is descended from Sullivan T. Waite who was the son of the man I'm researching and the grandson of "stone wall" Waite. I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who can help with this family. Thanks. Mary Ellen