City Directories Reconstruct a Westside Neighborhood

Kansas City, Missouri, City Directory (Kansas City, Missouri), 1935, Gate City Directory Co. (Kansas City, Mo.) pg. 42, “U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989”, [digital image]; (; downloaded on 18, April 2015).

A recent project using Kansas City Directories, a Sanborn Map, and 1940 Tax Assessments photographs reconstruct a historic neighborhood in Kansas City.

City directories can provide key pieces of information such as addresses, occupations, and even marital status. But, when used with other records they can even reconstruct a neighborhood.

Using Kansas City Directories, a number of addresses were found for a family with roots in the historic Westside community in Jackson County, Missouri. The Sanborn Map helped to provide the location of the homes and a barber shop associated with the family.

The Missouri Valley Special Collections of the Kansas City Library have a number of 1940 tax assessment photographs and district maps of various areas in the Kansas City area. Remarkably, photographs of some of the residences and the building where the barber shop was located in the Westside where found within the 1940 tax assessment photographs. In addition, many of the local business, churches, and public buildings were found providing a rare glimpse of the family’s community and neighborhood.

All these records have helped bring to life a part of this family’s heritage.

1940 Tax Assessment – Kansas City, Missouri

Mexico Genealogy

Death registration, 16, February 1905, in “Desfunciones 1904-1907”, Archivo Del Registro Civil De Uriangato,1905, (Guanajuato, Mexico), Vol. 35, Pg. 9, Registry #26 (original volume); FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 April 2015), [digital image] Uriangato > Guanajuato > Uriangato > Defunciones 1904-1907 > image 416 of 688; Archivo General del Registro Civil del Estado Guanajuato (Guanajuato Civil Registry State Archives).

A grandmother’s oral tradition leads to Mexican baptism, confirmation, marriage, death records, and boarder crossing cards.

Yes, Mexican records can be found! A recent project for a client started with the oral tradition of a family with roots in Uriangato, Mexico. Using the grandmother’s information, a number of records were discovered related to the family going back three generations.

This record shows one ancestor’s death registration indicating his age, place of death, cause of death, and where he was living. contains thousands of digital images of Civil Registration and Church records throughout Mexico. However be prepared to spend time as records are not indexed and you need familiarity with Spanish text but the search is rewarding.

1870 Census Leads to a Murder

The Mt. Sterling Advocate. (Mt. Sterling, Ky.), 16 Feb. 1897, page 1,
column 2, ” Assassinated! ” [digital image] Chronicling America:
Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

You never know how a census record can lead to further discoveries and connect you to other family members.

An 1870 census confirms family information of the known children born to my great great great grandfather living in Montgomery county, Kentucky. After looking thru later census records all of the children were found except for one who disappears after the 1880 census ( 1890 were destroyed). Looking at the cemetery listings for the family in Montgomery county, he was found buried near his parents. Having died in 1897 at a fairly young age, I wondered what happened to him?

Using the month and year from the tombstone a search was made for an obituary in Kentucky newspapers near Montgomery county. None was found, instead a series of articles describing his murder! The newspapers chronicle the events and subsequent murder trial. Eventually, the murderer was sentenced to life imprisonment but escapes from the county jail before being sent to the penitentiary.

Now the search led to finding any living ancestors related to this great great great uncle of mine, and yes I found living cousins. Remarkably one of the cousins had found the original criminal trial records in the Kentucky State Archives in Frankfurt Kentucky.