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Paul Genereux and how many restaurants? – Boston

28 Aug

It seems family history research is never finished! After my last blog post about my 2nd great-uncle Paul Genereux, I thought I had pretty much covered all I could do online. When I found that Paul Genereux had saloons in the mid 1870-1880’s, in Boston’s North End, I had three addresses:

  • His first oyster saloon on 148 Fulton street, from 1868 to 1875 (source: Boston City Directories)
  • His saloon on 76 Broad street, in 1874-1875 (source: Boston Tax Records and Boston Newspapers)
  • His saloon/boarding house on 19 Eastern avenue, from 1877 to 1883 (Source: Boston City Directories and 1880 US Census)

And yet, today, after renewing my subscription to Ancestry.com, I *casually* re-ran a search for Paul and, surprise, I found that he had another restaurant on 19 South Ferry Avenue in 1876! Here are the two images I found using online databases.

Entry for Paul Genereux in Boston City Directory, 1876.

Entry for Paul Genereux in “Boston City Directory”, 1876. P. 367
Source: Fold3.com

Entry for Paul Genereux in Boston Business Directory, 1876.

Entry for Paul Genereux in “Massachusetts Cities Directory”, 1876. Under “Dining Rooms”. P. 411
Source: Ancestry.com

Did this man ever stop? Now my question is to locate South Ferry Avenue in Boston: in a basic map search, it seems the street doesn’t exist anymore. I have a hunch that this address may be the “old” name of Eastern avenue in the North End, but I’m pretty much in the dark for now.

So a question to my readers and fellow family historians; what kind of resource should I look up online to learn about Boston city streets name change?

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