Dempsey Family In A City Directory

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.

Dempsey, Charles F (Amelia J) entry, Polk's Pittsburgh City Directory 1937.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: R.L. Polk & Co., Publishers, 1937. Page 343. Accessed 9 June 2015 at www.ancestry.com: Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database online].
Dempsey, Charles F (Amelia J) entry, Polk’s Pittsburgh City Directory 1937. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: R.L. Polk & Co., Publishers, 1937. Page 343. Accessed 9 June 2015 at www.ancestry.com: Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database online].
 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.

1403 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA
1403 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA
1415 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA
1415 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA

 

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2 Replies to “Dempsey Family In A City Directory”

  1. I love city directories! Fold3 has many Pittsburgh City Directories up to 1923 if you’re looking for earlier directories. (I have a blog post coming up using city directories to show my great-grandfather’s moves.)

  2. Dear Sierra:

    Your Grandmother Amelia Gamble Dempsey was my great aunt. She was the sister of Mary Alice Gamble Arnold. My mother was Dorothy Arnold. I have a lot of information about the Gamble/Leahy family in my ancestry file.

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