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Re: Cemetery/Obit Look-Up William Henry GARRISON
Posted by: Glen F. Pritchett Date: March 15, 2002 at 12:14:58
In Reply to: Re: Cemetery/Obit Look-Up William Henry GARRISON by Angel of 843

Hi Angel - You're welcome, happy to help. Actually city directories are far more useful than a standard phone book as they are usually at least three directories in one.

First, there is the surname directory which then generally offers a significant amount of information for the primary person listed, spouse, occupation, employer, if they owned the property associated with the listing, whether they are rooming or renting there, whether they are head of household or not, how many children under age 18 are living at that address, the residential address and phone.

Second is the phone cross directory where if you only have a phone number, you can look the number up in the directory and it tells you who the phone number is registered to.

Third is the address cross directory where if you only have a address, you can look up who is resident at that property address at the time the directory was published.

Using all three in combinations often solves many genealogical puzzles.

I went back and looked at 1955, '57, '59 and 1960 and there is no Bill Garrison listed.

City directories are usually city specific and not regional. Therefore, if you think he might have died in Mesa or Tempe as an example (suburbs of Phoenix), I would suggest contacting the Mesa city library reference desk and see if they can do some lookups for you in those specific city directories.

Have you written the Maricopa County Clerks office for a death certificate? That would also be a "next" step effort, however, you'll have to prove you're related for them to release a copy of the certificate.

Good luck in your search.

Glen F. Pritchett USGENWEB volunteer

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