The Value of City Directories for Genealogists
Many times we have to hunt through records using first names with one surname in order to document each family member. One way to speed up the process is to check city directories for the one surname and see which first names are listed. Many times you get lucky and find not only the family member’s name, but also their spouses too, as well as their occupation or place of employment.
In looking at the 1933 Seattle, Washington city directory I found almost all of my Moline family using this method. From this image I’m able to determine the address of my Great Uncle Gunner and his first wife Lillian Tapping Moline. The address for their furniture company can be compared to an envelope we have to see if the two are the same.
Also shown in this list is my G-Grandfather Emil J Moline and his second wife Hannah Wilhemina living in the long-time family home at 114 Boren Ave North.
There’s a bit of a mistake for the listing of my grandfather Elvin B. Moline. They have him listed as “Edwin”. He is living with is second wife Lillian Vera Epstein Moline at 202 North 42nd Ave.
Last, but not least, is my aunt Signie Moline who is shown to be a stenographer for Yamashita Shipping Company. At this time she is a renter at 1118 5th Ave.
When this directory was released it’s possible my grandparents had already moved to Bordeaux, Washington where they would reside from 1933 until 1941.