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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Gregory Family Living in Kansas City 1900 to 1960

The Gregory family livedin the Kansas City metro area from 1900-1960. I love maps and thought it would be interesting to map there addresses as found in the census and other documents using the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collections. A tutorial on how to use these maps is available in PDF format.

I chose the map above  based on the 1930 Federal Census entry for Leonard L Gregory in Kansas City, Jackson County, MO.  They are enumerated at 3206 East 23rd Street, between Waldron Ave and College Ave. This house is no longer standing when you look at Google maps. There is a business built where this house once stood. 
In 1940 Federal Census the Gregory family is living at 2320 Chestnut Ave. This home is located a few blocks West of their location in 1930. The house is in the middle of the block. The house is still standing today and can be seen using Google maps. 
Leonard was living with his parents at 1715 College Ave in the 1900 Federal Census.
Leonard's mother passed away in 1904 and he went to live with his aunt and uncle in Iowa. By the 1910 Federal Census they had taken Leonard to Skowhegan, Somerset County, Maine.  This was the home state for his uncle, Orrin Moore.
Leonard returned to Kansas City and joined the Army in 1913 at the age of 17.  He sister, Pansy, was appointed guardian since he was under age and the whereabouts of their father was unknown to them. He served for five years as a private in the field artillery unit according to his WWI draft registration paper.  He moved back to Kansas City and married Virgie Snoddy in Jackson County, Missouri on 3 Feb. 1917. 
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas is his location when he filled out the draft registration form on 5 June 1917. 
When he registered for the second WWI draft, 12 Sept 1918, he was back in Kansas City living at 1006 Harrison.
By the 1960s this family was living on Flora Ave. I don't know how many times the family moved; however they stayed within the city of Kansas City in Jackson County and didn't move more than a few blocks.
All of these locations are found on this one map from the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Collection.

Maps are a great tool for genealogy research!

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