You indicate that your subject owned a house in Hyattsville - if he actually OWNED property, it will be very easy to identify the property by checking the land records indices, and then reading the appropriate deed. This you can do on line, using the index that runs from 1940 to 1949, and checking the names that are arranged alphabetically. (Ro check land records, you have to have a password from the Maryland State Archives, but that is easy to get (go to www.mdlandrec.net and apply for a password), or you can tell me his name and I'll check it.
The deed will give you the lot and block number, and then you look at plats (www.msa.md.gov and then click on plats.net) looking for Hyattsville. Once you find that, you may have to ask me to match that with an address - it's a little more complicated. Anyway that will give you the property in Hyattsville, 1949 and following.
For the 1930s, the suburban directories are the best bet, since he probably didn't own property then. You can find them not only at UMD, but at local history and genealogy in the Library of Congress, and at the Washingtoniana Room of the MLK Library in D.C. Remember that all the street names were changed in 1941 so the street name in a 1930s directory will be totally different from today's street names. (I have a list of the changes.)
And if you have lots of free time, you might enjoy reading through the local newspapers that are available at the MD State Archives in Annapolis (350 Rowe Boulevard) - there just MIGHT be a local column that talks about residents and visitors.
Good luck! You can contact me directly at the Historical Society library, 301-220-0330, or email@example.com
Susan G. Pearl, Historian
PGC Historical Society
: Thanks for your suggestion. I've been using
: ancestry.com, but without any luck, even
: with the 1940s census substitute. I think my
: next step will be to consult the Maryland
: city directories in the Maryland Collection
: at the the University of Maryland, College
: Park Library.
: --Previous Message--
: I use the site ancestry.com. It is not
: free, but they have a new database called
: the 1940's census substitute and I was able
: to locate my grandmother's listings in Gary,
: IN, during the 30's and 40's. You might
: want to try this.
: --Previous Message--
: Hi there. I'm new to this forum and need
: advice on how to obtain some biographical
: information for a (now deceased) man that I
: am researching. I know that he owned a house
: in Hyattsville, MD that was built in 1949,
: but I also know that he moved to Hyattsvile
: in 1948, so I'd like to verify his earlier
: residency by finding out where he lived.
: Also, this man was transfered by his
: employer back and and form Missisippi to
: Beltsville during the 30s and 40s, and I
: would like to find out in which town he
: lived in Prince George's county during that
: time. Complicating matters is that he never
: changed his address for the purposes of
: voter registration, and kept the address of
: his childhood town in Oklahoma well into his
: fiftees and possibly even sixties. Is there
: a place where I can go to find out who was
: living where and when in Prince George's
: county? I have the address of his last
: residence in Hyattsville and am planning to
: look up the deed at the location given to me
: by the division of property taxes, but I'm
: interested in the earlier addresses as well.
: Thanks so much,
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