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Old 03-18-2012, 05:53 PM
 
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Is it possible to research by address only?

I am interested in tracking a business---a little restaurant---that was on the corner from where I used to live. I have the address, but that's it. I know the first name of the owner, but nothing more. From what i can tell, the building remains, but abandonded. I find myself very curious about what happened to this woman. I have been able to ascertain the address.

Is there any way one can pick through the census information with just an address?

She ran a little hamburger joint in Detroit, then, one day, it was just closed.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:26 PM
 
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Yes, you can. Narrowing down the census tract is tough, though. And would require a lot of scrolling through the pages. Your biggest problem with the census is, if it's a restaurant ... it's not going to be anyone's home.

The best sources for tracking a building are city directories, tax records, and deeds.

Another thing you'll have problem with, though, is if it's the woman you want to track ... the above may very well be of no help. Though she "ran" the business, doesn't mean she owned it. Or that she owned the property. A city directory might list her as the proprietor of the restaurant, though. And give you her full name.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:58 PM
 
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Is it possible to research by address only?

I am interested in tracking a business---a little restaurant---that was on the corner from where I used to live. I have the address, but that's it. I know the first name of the owner, but nothing more. From what i can tell, the building remains, but abandonded. I find myself very curious about what happened to this woman. I have been able to ascertain the address.

Is there any way one can pick through the census information with just an address?

She ran a little hamburger joint in Detroit, then, one day, it was just closed.
You might be in luck. There is a Detroit forum that I have been able to get responses to posted questions from the 1948 to 1951 years that I lived there as a child.
Detroit Connections.

Also if you lived there, you might be interested in the collection of aerial photos of Detroit from 1949 to 1997.

http://www.clas.wayne.edu/photos/ap_index.htm

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Old 03-21-2012, 12:47 AM
 
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You might be in luck. There is a Detroit forum that I have been able to get responses to posted questions from the 1948 to 1951 years that I lived there as a child.
Detroit Connections.

Also if you lived there, you might be interested in the collection of aerial photos of Detroit from 1949 to 1997.

DTE Aerial Photo Collection
Thanks!

Actually, this lady lived above the restaurant. However, she could have rented all those years, I don't really know.
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:26 AM
 
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Thanks, and just to check here--

this lady lived in Detroit, on Mack Ave, between newport and Lakewood. Her little restaurant was officially named Wimpy's, but everyone called it Sarah's. I remember Sarah as a rather, large woman, white hair, and china blue eyes. Does anyone recall her?
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:35 AM
 
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It's sort of unclear as to exactly what information you are trying to ascertain: the lady's last name, or how long the business existed, etc. Since Detroit is located in Wayne County, you will have better luck trying to contact a local source in Detroit that has access to cross-reference city directories (sometimes called Polk's Directories, but various companies issue these directories and the directory might be called something else in Michigan). If I were you I would try to contact a library or Wayne County genealogical organization that would have access to these directories and have a lookup done for Wimpy's and/or Sarah's and if you are lucky you will then get the exact address and sometimes the directory also shows the first and last name of the owner of the business and usually you can also do a search by the address to show who lived near or at the restaurant. RESEARCHER
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:20 PM
 
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It's sort of unclear as to exactly what information you are trying to ascertain: the lady's last name, or how long the business existed, etc. Since Detroit is located in Wayne County, you will have better luck trying to contact a local source in Detroit that has access to cross-reference city directories (sometimes called Polk's Directories, but various companies issue these directories and the directory might be called something else in Michigan). If I were you I would try to contact a library or Wayne County genealogical organization that would have access to these directories and have a lookup done for Wimpy's and/or Sarah's and if you are lucky you will then get the exact address and sometimes the directory also shows the first and last name of the owner of the business and usually you can also do a search by the address to show who lived near or at the restaurant. RESEARCHER

Thanks for the ideas!

what am I trying to find out? Just who she was, her story, look her up on ancestry, etc. My grandfather said she and her husband started that little restaurant, but he was disabled from WWI and mostly lived in the back of the restaurant. I was surprised to find she was younger than I assumed, guess I'm just being curious/nosy.
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