Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Women's History Month 2015: City Directories

One of my favorite sources are city directories. They are important additions to your research in confirming where your ancestor lived as well as other information like occupations and marital status. Just like the census, they should be used in all of your research projects, when available.

 New York City directory, for 1854-1855 via New York Digital Collections. p. 33

So where do you find city directories? Here's a small list of places but don't forget to also look at microfilmed collections at libraries. Additionally, some public libraries are digitizing their local directories and making them available online.

University of Leicester-Special Collections Online -Historical Directories of England & Wales

Online Historical Directories - City and Area Directories - DIRECTORIES -- Almanacs, Businesses, Registers, Street Guides

Internet Archive - Texts (look in various collections)

Google Books

City Directories of the United States of America Directories

Library of Congress- Local History & Genealogy Reference Services-Telephone and City Directories in the Library of Congress: Current Directories

National Archives - Circa 1930 City Directories Available at NARA

San Francisco Genealogy - City, Social & Phone Directories

The New York Public Library Digital Collections


Miriam Robbins said...

Thank you for including my Online Historical Directories, Gena! (It's actually a separate site from the Historical Directories of England Wales, which is listed directly before it.)

I love all the info on women that can be found in city directories! Often, young women just entering the work force were listed under their father's names. When the women "disappear" from city directories, it's usually because they got married and no longer were in the work force. Something to consider when analyzing city directory info.

Miriam Robbins said...

Hi, Gena,

Just wanted to let you know that this post was featured on my "Friday Finds in Directoriess" post at my Online Historical Directories blog.