My paternal grandmother’s maiden name is Dempsey. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I recently began using a technique to mine hints from Ancestry.com by dataset (read more here). I applied this same technique to the city directory database at Ancestry.com. One of the hints was for Charles F Dempsey. He is my grandmother’s father and my great-grandfather.
I was not surprised to find the family living at 1415 Brookline Boulevard. This is an address I have found time and again for the family.
What I love is the entire family is listed in the directory. James and Mary Dempsey arrived in the United States from Scotland in 1883 or 1884. They had five children: Catherine, Charles, Edward, James Leo, and John (alpha order). You can easily see each child listed in the city directory. The entire family, except for James Leo and his wife Clara, lived just a few houses away from each other. James and Clara were living only 5 blocks away on the same street as Clara’s parents.