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									Date: June 9, 2009 Contact: Helene Palmer, 954-357-7434, or Jacob Benjamin, 954-357-7482,

Broward County Commission Libraries Division Announces

New, Free Online City Directories Let You Search Historical Broward/Miami-Dade Phone Records
BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A new, free online service that allows customers to access historical phone directories is now available at Broward County’ Main Library. This online database allows anyone the freedom to look up names, phone numbers and address from cities in both Broward and Miami-Dade County.

For genealogists and those looking to trace their family histories, this new service is an online goldmine. While private search companies charge for this information, BCL now provides it at no cost to its customers. Looking for friends or relatives who might have been some of the first residents of South Florida? The new City Directories database, located in the Business, Law, and Government Section on the Fifth Floor of Main Library, 100 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, makes it easy to search and find this information online. Those looking for city directory information in Broward County can search through Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Hollywood, and Suburban Fort Lauderdale directories. The dates of the directories are as follows: • • •

Fort Lauderdale: 1936/1937 through 1981 Fort Lauderdale Suburban: 1975 through 1986 Hollywood: 1940 through 1983


Pompano Beach: 1955 through 1982

If you’re looking in Miami-Dade County, the database provides information on Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Suburban, Miami North Suburban, and Miami South Suburban. The Miami databases dates cover 1904 up to 1989. Since many cities in the area were not incorporated until later, the “Suburban” sections allow users to search in geographical areas throughout the county. “We’re pleased to add this valuable genealogical research tool to our library,” says Broward County Library Director Robert E. Cannon. “We already provide some muchneeded information for genealogy and family history research in the form of databases, online information, educational programs, and other research materials, and we feel this will be yet another method to increase the value of our library to those interested in this subject.”

The Broward County Main Library is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The service, which is located on its own computer terminal dedicated solely to the directories, is free and available to the public. For more information on this and other Broward County Library services, including assistance on genealogy and family history, please visit our Web site at

The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, provides essential quality-of-life community service as well as outstanding customer service throughout Broward County. It has grown to become the ninth-largest library system in the nation. It is also one of the busiest, with more than ten million walk-in customers visiting its 37 locations throughout the year. Broward County Library provides more than three million items and 3,000 computers, and facilitates events and programs that satisfy the changing needs of Broward County’s diverse community of children, teens, and adults for information, education, and recreation. It retains a strong emphasis on literacy and after-school programs. The library’s Web site,, continuously evolves to meet the needs of its customers and to offer information that

encourages exploration of knowledge and self-expansion. In addition to providing electronic visitors with information about its locations, services, and events, the Web site has easy links to online catalogs, references, and electronic databases. Broward County Library has also become a leader in E-Communication, offering easy ways for its customers to stay electronically informed through its E-Newsletter, E-Spotlights, EUpdates, and E-Invitation. Visit and bookmark   ###

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