Conkey, Alfred; Ellen A. Bard, Alice; Annie E. Barrett, Alpha; Allethe J. Musgrave, Arena; Anna S. Bargar, Bargar; Olive L. Hibler, Bier; Lucy A. Nupp, Black Jack; and Ella A. Clark, Boardman. The quantity and quality of information about each post office varies but it may be useful for learning more about an ancestor's community. Early site reports are relatively infrequent and often contain little information. An undated report for Frostville, Cuyahoga County, OH, for example, simply states that neighboring post offices are Rockport, which is 7 miles northeast, and Copopa, which is 6 miles south.
Site reports become more common and more informative after Information generally includes the post office's proximity to nearby rivers, creeks, postal routes, railroad stations, and to other post offices. Many postmasters requested permission to move the post office to a more convenient location.
They frequently submitted maps with the site reports. Most maps relating to rural post offices are hand-drawn, while many relating to cities are annotated copies of published street maps, especially after These maps vary in content. For example, postmaster J.
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McNutt of Eagleville, Ashtabula County, OH, submitted a hand-drawn map in showing nine townships covering a square mile area. He included the position of his post office in relation to two railroad lines; several roads, rivers, and creeks; and one dozen other post offices. The postal site reports for Dorset, Ashtabula County, OH, include an undated map, probably circa , of the commercial area of Dorset Township.
The map shows the locations of the current and proposed post office sites, two churches, a cheese factory, two hotels, two stores, and the railroad depot. The Dorset postmaster wanted to move the post office from the south end of the commercial district to its center. Letters Sent by the Postmaster General, 50 rolls. Indexes to Rosters of Railway Postal Clerks, ca. Available for purchase , or search the Microfilm Catalog for the nearest Regional Archives that has a copy of this microfilm publication.
Before , the Post Office Department had no written policies about post office names. Post office names were derived from several sources, including names of towns, townships, neighborhoods, crossroads, or from the postmaster's name or place of business. A second post office in the same township was named Mulberry Corners after its location in an area where a farmer had once grown mulberry trees.
Frost named his post office "Frostville" after himself; it was located in the village of Olmsted Falls. Subsequent postmasters changed its name to Norris Falls in , Olmsted in , and Olmsted Falls in In the post office of Carson's Tavern, OH, was obviously the location of a tavern operated by postmaster William J. The symbol or the French equivalent n o should not be used.
Punctuation should not be used either. Postal Code — Should be printed in uppercase and placed two spaces to the right of the Province or Territory, with one space between the first three and the last three characters. A hyphen should not be used ex. Rural route identifier — Should use the two-letter symbol RR followed by the route number placed one space to the right.
Station information — Should be present to direct mail to the proper postal installation. This is especially important in larger areas where there is more than one installation within the same municipality. Station information should appear in abbreviated format, after the postal box number, rural route identifier, or general delivery identifier and after on the same line. The following are the most technologically efficient unit designators.
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In some cases, because of individual preference or other considerations, a mailer may use other unit designators. The Postal Code is an integral part of every postal address in Canada. The Postal Code was designed to aid in sorting mail by both mechanized and manual methods. It also enables the customer to presort mail, thereby bypassing a number of sorting processes within Canada Post and reducing costs. The forward sortation area is a combination of three characters alpha-numeric-alpha.
It identifies a major geographic area in an urban or a rural location. The local delivery unit is a combination of three characters numeric-alpha-numeric. It identifies the smallest delivery unit within a forward sortation area.
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The forward sortation area provides the basis for the primary sorting of forward mail. The second character of the forward sortation area is an important component of mail preparation as it identifies either:. The third character of the forward sortation area segment E2J in conjunction with the first two characters, describes an exact area of a city or town or other geographic area. In urban areas , the last three digits may indicate a specific city block one side of a street between two intersecting streets , a single building or, in some cases, a large-volume mail receiver.
In rural areas , the last three digits, together with the forward sortation area, identify a specific rural community. Delivery mode data and various types of Householder counts are also available. Visit canadapost. Postal Codes can also be obtained by calling for service in English or for service in French.
NOTE The last line within international addresses should only contain a Canada Post recognized country name in English or French.
Accents are not considered to be punctuation and may be used. Figure Do not include a unit identifier, e. APT, when using this format. If a unit number is assigned, it is an integral part of the address and must be included. When the street name is numeric, there is only one space and no hyphen between the civic number and the street name. In some instances, the street type is also the street name e. The Postal Code may be placed on the last line by itself if there is insufficient space to accommodate the municipality, province and Postal Code all on one line the province name, however, must remain on the same line as the Municipality Name.
Table 4: Canadian provinces and territories names and abbreviations. Table 5: States, territories and possessions names and abbreviations U. Figure Postal Code structure.
Figure First segment of the Postal Code. Figure Example FSA. Addressing Guidelines PDF to print. Effective: January 31, Updated all Rural Route graphics. Civic address with additional delivery information. Postal Box address with civic address and additional delivery information. Rural route address with additional address information. Unit Number Location. Civic Number Suffix Type. Numeric Street Name. English Abbreviation.
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French Translation. French Street Type. Province or Territory. Printed in the official two-letter postal abbreviation. Printed in full. Retail Postal Outlet.
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Street Types. Place English. Place French. Avenue English. Avenue French. Boulevard English. Boulevard French.