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White Pages Blog

The Telephone Directory today

Not only a stepping stool or something to fix that wobbly table, the telephone directory has for years provided us with this vast pool of knowledge, outlining the obscure names and telephone numbers of those people we need to contact. Often considered as resourceful and as imperative as the Bible by some, the telephone directory has a deep and varied history that very few seem to know about... or perhaps want to know about. Of course, you are not one of those people, otherwise you wouldn’t be here! Our previous blog on the history of the telephone directory flicked through the pages and circled the most key points in the telephone directories journey, starting first in 19th century America and ending with BT’s loss of a monopoly on the UK telephone directory market.

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How is your mobile phone number decided?

The world's first mobile phone call was made in 1973 by Martin Cooper on the streets of New York City. He called Joel Engel, a man who was working for a rival communications company at the time and who Martin thought of as his antagonist. He said,

"Joel, this is Marty. I'm calling you from a cellphone, a real, handheld, portable cellphone."

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Why you should consider tracing your family tree

In the last few years, genealogy (i.e. the study of personal ancestry) has seen the resurgence in its popularity thanks to the addition of hundreds and thousands of archived census documents made available by the government to the public. Sites like White Pages can help you search through archived versions of the edited electoral register, which may contain valuable titbits of information on the whereabouts of your distant, living relatives, who also may be interested in your family's ancestry.

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New Year’s resolutions to keep this year

When all the strawberry creams have been eaten and all that’s left in the bottom of the selection tin is a few sad toffee pennies (which no one likes anyway), it's time to stop stuffing your face with Christmas treats and start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions.

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You’ve Reconnected – Now What?

You’ve been waiting for this moment for months, or even years, the moment you finally find the contact details of your long-lost relative. With all the excitement and anticipation it can be easy to forget that the hard work isn’t quite over yet.

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