03-08-2010, 12:48 AM #1
When you guys are working these cold cases, if you ever need information on where people lived long ago where do you go? I am working on an old case where there is actually a person in prison but he is not the correct person. The Innocence Project is currently working to try to get him around the 21-day rule in Virginia, but they are not in the area and the crime happened here, where I live. I have been working on the case for 11 years now and I have run across a lead on accident, but I don't have the persons last name. I only have the first name, description and the street that he lived on. It is not a long street. The person is now dead (died in prison, imagine that) and now I need to know what the last name was so that I can find out why he was put in prison and if it was anything similar to the crime that this other person is in prison for, if that makes any sense.
Do any of you have any ideas where I would find a city directory or something like that from 1979 from Norfolk, VA?
03-08-2010, 02:23 AM #2
Your best bet would be the main branch of the Norfolk city library. Most libraries have historical city directories. Then you could just look through the listing for that street house by house looking for that first name.
Also, Ancestry has some city directories online.
04-06-2010, 07:26 PM #3
04-13-2010, 04:38 PM #4Inactive
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If the person was renting, they may not have had a phone listing in the phonebooks, depending how long they were there. If they owned the house, their name is mentioned in the deed transfers and/or tax information, as are the dates they owned the house, etc. and in some cases information like SSN's.
If the house was rented, you can find out the name of the owner and contact them to ask about previous tenants. Most GIS/recorder of deeds sites will let you search by street or by house number if you don't know the last name of the owner.
I find a lot of people this way.
Last edited by littlehorn; 04-13-2010 at 04:39 PM. Reason: more info added
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