City directories available through HeritageQuest

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Genealogists have long placed old city directories at the top of their wishlist of books to be digitized. And now it's happening! The Google books project already includes a few local directories and the Books section of our Heritage Quest product includes Ann Arbor and Washtenaw county directories from 1886-87, 1888-89, 1909, 1914, 1915, and 1916. For those of you who prefer perusing the original print editions, you'll find them in our Local History room on the second floor of the Downtown library.

Here are the local directories available through Google: Cole & Keating’s Ann Arbor City Directory for the year 1872; Glen V. Mills Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti City Directory 1892; Polk’s Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Washtenaw County Directory, 1916(7)

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WEST LIBERTY HEIGHTS HISTORY

I have created a new website outlining the history of the West Liberty Heights subdivision which covers 15 acres on the southwest corner of West Liberty Street and South Maple Road. The web address is:

www.westlibertyheights.org

If any Ann Arbor historians have information to add, please let me know.

Judith Marks
jmarks@umich.edu