Local directories contain descriptions of localities in the past and give researchers a picture of life in their ancestors’ community. In addition to the expected resident’s name and address, these directories may contain occupation, spouse’s name, and sometimes children’s names. Directories may also contain information on cemeteries, newspapers, churches, schools, “secret societies,” maps, and more. They provide one of the best sources of information on the place your ancestors lived at the time they lived there. Learn about the variety of information that is contained in city and county directories and where you can find these value-packed volumes.