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Re: 714 Oak Street

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Posted by Kevin Ahern on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 11:15:56 :

In Reply to: Re: 714 Oak Street posted by Ron Filion on Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 11:09:21 :

: : Can anyone help? I am trying to find out who was living at 714 Oak Street in March 1911. I would like to know who Kate was living at that address at that time.

: Although there are a few different sources you could use, the most available and popular would be city directories and census records. Without a last name, the census records would be difficult to search. City directories didn't have a reverse directory section (sorted by address), which would be perfect for your question, at that time. Though, if the directories were searchable online, that would be the best option.

: Block books, which list the owners of the property might be your best best. The San Francisco Public Library History Center has them for 1910.

: Ron

There appear to have been two persons at the address who might have been nicknamed “Kate”.

You can find the ED of the address using one of Stephen Morse's search functions then just run through the ED page by page.

In the 1910 Census [CA, SF, ED 161, Sheet 6B] the house is occupied by Catherine Gormely, 45, a widow, and her two children: Frank, 19, and Kathleen, 16. Mrs. Gormley had been born in Ireland; the children had been born in California. There are also several lodgers: John W. Hudson, 56, and a married couple, Jonathan and Alice Davis.

The 1915 SF directory lists Catherine Gormley, 714 Oak St., as the widow of Michael. She also appears as a widow in the 1900 Census, where her birth is given more precisely as January 1858, and her arrival in the US as 1876. The children were born: Frank [September 1890], Kathleen [July 1893].

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