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Access the records: Washington, Postmaster Indexes, Prior to 1965 .
This Collection of Indexes will include records Prior to 1965.
Directories are published books that are usually updated every year or so. This collection of directories consists of postal and shipping guides to Washington counties. They are usually arranged alphabetically.
The first directories were simple groupings of residents by street within large cities. The businesses that compiled the directories usually combined the listings with their own business or professional information and address. Information on other professionals and businesses quickly began to be included on the lists. Then the directories began dividing the names by function, and eventually there were multiple types of directories, such as city, telephone, county and regional business, professional, organizational, religious, and post office and street directories.
Directories were created to form a readily accessible record with current residence or contact information. They were created primarily by businesses for advertising and sales purposes. The information in directories is fairly reliable because it was usually provided by the business people and residents themselves.
For a list of records by localities and surnames currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.
The indexes usually include the following information:
- Name of head of household or business
- Name of spouse
- Street address
- Other contact information such as telephone number
- Occupation or business enterprise
How to Use the Record
To begin your search, you must know the following:
- Name of your ancestor
- The city or town where he or she lived
Search the Collection
To search the collection:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "County, Surname Range" which takes you to the images.
Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
Using the Information
Once you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate the information given. Some directories list all members of the household separately, especially those 18 years of age and older. However, the information given in a directory is usually brief so it can be easy confuse individuals. Compare what information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person.
Next, look at the pieces of information given in the directory for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your family. For example:
- Use the residence or address and family names to locate your family in the federal and state census records.
- Use the residence or town and family names to search for other local records such as church records and land records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Typographical errors may have occurred.
- Transcribe the information from the site, or download it for viewing or printing.
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Search the directories of nearby towns and cities.
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- "Washington, Postmaster Indexes, Prior to 1965" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Postmaster General. State Library, Olympia.
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