1. I try to remember to look in U.S. City Directories when I am researching ancestors in the 1900s. I found Hattie with no problem on Ancestry.
In the Elmira, New York, City Directory for 1914:
I wondered who was she boarding with? Was she living with family or did she just rent a room? When I looked further, on the same page even, I saw another Coolbaugh at the same address and realized that was her son Charles.
In the Ithaca, New York, City Directory, for 1930:
3. I decided not to search by a name but by putting in the name of the City and the address under Key Words:
I found a listing of people at that address or a similar address but no names were familiar.
4. I decided to go back and look at who Hattie’s children were. I knew there were no Coolbaughs on the page. What about her daughters? What were their married names? I started with Amanda and I saw she married Ira Cooper. As I looked down the list when I searched 502 N Plain….there was Ira Cooper and wife Amanda! Wait…but this was in the 1927 City Directory for Hattie Coolbaugh and that hadn’t come up when I searched for Hattie by her name. Interesting!
In the Ithaca, New York, City Directory, for 1927:
5. Now what if I go back to the 1930 City Directory for Hattie that previously came up and try this again to see who she was ‘rooming’ with?
So now I know:
- in 1910 Hattie and Portis were living in Genoa Town with their daughter Nettie and family.
- in 1914 she lived in Elmira with her son Charles
- from 1925 until her death in 1930 she lived with her daughter Amanda and family in Ithaca
If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,