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1901 Geers City Directory
Hartford CT 
Pg 260
1901 Geers City Directory Hartford CT Pg 260
 
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1919 Atkinson City Directory Erie PA
1919 Atkinson City Directory Erie PA
 
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1933 Atkinson City Directory Erie Pa Pg. 368
1933 Atkinson City Directory Erie Pa Pg. 368
 
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1940 Atkinson City Directory
Erie, PA
1940 Atkinson City Directory Erie, PA
 
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<p>1924 Atkinson City Directory Erie, PA</p>

1924 Atkinson City Directory Erie, PA


 
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<p>Price and Lee Hartford Connecticut City Directory 1937</p>

Price and Lee Hartford Connecticut City Directory 1937


 
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Atkinson City Directory
Erie, PA - 1959
Atkinson City Directory Erie, PA - 1959
 
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Atkinson Erie Directory 1959
Atkinson Erie Directory 1959
 
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Geer's City Directory
Hartford Connecicut
1922 Pg 505
Geer's City Directory Hartford Connecicut 1922 Pg 505
About U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995

This database is a collection of directories for U.S. cities and counties in various years. The database currently contains directories for all states except Alaska.

Generally a city directory will contain an alphabetical list of citizens, listing the names of the heads of households, their addresses, and occupational information. Sometimes a wife's name will be listed in parentheses or italics following the husband's. Other helpful information might include death dates for individuals who had been listed in the previous year's directory, names of partners in firms, and forwarding addresses or post offices for people who had moved to another town.

Using the Records

To see what cities and years are currently available, use the browse table to the right. Begin by selecting a state, then city or county of interest. Once you do that you'll be able to see all the years currently available for that location. When you access a directory, use the page forward function in the image viewer to find the table of contents so you can see what types of information are available in the directory.

This collection was created using a new OCR indexing method that improves searching and results. The records were not transcribed. We believe that this version of the U.S. City Directories database is substantially better than the collection that has been available on Ancestry for several years under the same name. Because this collection uses OCR technology, we encourage you to correct any errors you find in the data by going to the image and editing the name in the correction panel at the bottom of the page.

Why use city directories?

City directories are useful for placing people in a particular place at a particular time. They typically tell you where an ancestor lived and worked and can help you locate ancestors in census years. They can also lead you to nearby churches, cemeteries, and municipalities, where you can look for more records created while your ancestor lived in this location.

What is in a city directory?

There are usually several parts to a city directory. The section of most interest, of course, is the alphabetical listing of names, where you may find your ancestor.

In addition to the alphabetical portion, a city directory may also contain a business directory, street directory, government directory, and listings of town officers, schools, societies, churches, post offices, and other miscellaneous matters of general and local interest. These sections can help you become more familiar with the city or county your ancestor lived in. If your ancestor owned a business, be sure to check the business section for advertisements.

Whenever you use a directory, it is important to refer to the page showing abbreviations used in the book. Some abbreviations are quite common, such as h for home or r for residence. There may even be a subtle distinction between r for residents who are related to the homeowner and b for boarders who are not related. Becoming familiar with these abbreviations will help you better interpret your ancestor’s listing.

Some city directories list adult children who lived with their parents but who were working or going to school. Look for people with the same surname residing at the same address. If analyzed and interpreted properly, these annual directories can tell you (by implication) which children belong to which household, when they married and started families of their own, and when they established themselves in business.
 
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Page 372 1934 Atkinson City Directory Erie Pa
Page 372 1934 Atkinson City Directory Erie Pa
 
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Page 612 1931 Atkinson City Directory Erie Pa
Page 612 1931 Atkinson City Directory Erie Pa
 
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Price & Lee Co.
Westfield City Directory 1943 
Pg 195
Price & Lee Co. Westfield City Directory 1943 Pg 195
 
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US City Directories 
1822-1995 
Connecticut Hartford 
1927 
Edith Mae McCarthy
US City Directories 1822-1995 Connecticut Hartford 1927 Edith Mae McCarthy
 
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US City Directories 
1822-1995 
Connecticut New Britain 
1905
US City Directories 1822-1995 Connecticut New Britain 1905
 
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US City Directories 
1822-1995 
Connecticut New Haven 
1947
US City Directories 1822-1995 Connecticut New Haven 1947
 
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US City Directories 
1822-1995 
Connecticut New Haven 
1954
US City Directories 1822-1995 Connecticut New Haven 1954
 
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US City Directories 
1822-1995 
Massachusetts Holyoke 
1961 
Pg 7
US City Directories 1822-1995 Massachusetts Holyoke 1961 Pg 7
 
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US City Directories 
1822-1995 
Massachusetts Westfield 
1940 
Frederck W and E Lucille Reinert.
US City Directories 1822-1995 Massachusetts Westfield 1940 Frederck W and E Lucille Reinert.
 
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US City Directories 
1822-1995 
Massachusetts Westfield 
1945
US City Directories 1822-1995 Massachusetts Westfield 1945
 
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US City Directories 
1822-1995 
Massachusetts Westfield 
1960
Page 508
US City Directories 1822-1995 Massachusetts Westfield 1960 Page 508
 
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At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
 
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US City Directories 
1822-1995 
Massachusetts Westfield 
1964 Westfield Massachusetts 
City Directory 1964
US City Directories 1822-1995 Massachusetts Westfield 1964 Westfield Massachusetts City Directory 1964
 
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US City Directories 
1822-1995 
Nevada Reno 
1964 
Pg 24
US City Directories 1822-1995 Nevada Reno 1964 Pg 24
 
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US City Directories 
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Pennsylvania Erie 
1914 
Wladislaw Kosinski and Alexandra Kosinski
US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1914 Wladislaw Kosinski and Alexandra Kosinski
 
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US City Directories 
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Pennsylvania Erie 
1930 
Pg 520
US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1930 Pg 520
 
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US City Directories 
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Pennsylvania Erie 
1931
US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1931
 
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US City Directories 
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Pennsylvania Erie 
1934 
Pg 372
US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1934 Pg 372
 
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US City Directories 
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Pennsylvania Erie 
1946 
Page 816
US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1946 Page 816
 
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US City Directories 
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Pennsylvania Erie 
1955
Pg. 329
US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1955 Pg. 329
 
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US City Directories 
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Pennsylvania Erie 
1956
Pg 386
US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1956 Pg 386
 
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US City Directories 
1822-1995 
Pennsylvania Erie 
1956 
Page 757
US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1956 Page 757
 
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US City Directories 
1822-1995 
Pennsylvania Erie 
1959 
Erie Pennsylvania 
City Directory 1959
US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1959 Erie Pennsylvania City Directory 1959
 
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US City Directories 
1822-1995 
Pennsylvania Erie 
1960
Pg 381
US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1960 Pg 381
 
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US City Directories 1822-1995
Connecticut Hartford 
1899 
Pg 252
US City Directories 1822-1995 Connecticut Hartford 1899 Pg 252
 
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US City Directories 1822-1995 
Connecticut Hartford 
1900
US City Directories 1822-1995 Connecticut Hartford 1900
 
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US City Directories 1822-1995 
Westfield Massachusetts 
1940
US City Directories 1822-1995 Westfield Massachusetts 1940
About U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995

This database is a collection of directories for U.S. cities and counties in various years. The database currently contains directories for all states except Alaska.

Generally a city directory will contain an alphabetical list of citizens, listing the names of the heads of households, their addresses, and occupational information. Sometimes a wife's name will be listed in parentheses or italics following the husband's. Other helpful information might include death dates for individuals who had been listed in the previous year's directory, names of partners in firms, and forwarding addresses or post offices for people who had moved to another town.

Using the Records

To see what cities and years are currently available, use the browse table to the right. Begin by selecting a state, then city or county of interest. Once you do that you'll be able to see all the years currently available for that location. When you access a directory, use the page forward function in the image viewer to find the table of contents so you can see what types of information are available in the directory.

This collection was created using a new OCR indexing method that improves searching and results. The records were not transcribed. We believe that this version of the U.S. City Directories database is substantially better than the collection that has been available on Ancestry for several years under the same name. Because this collection uses OCR technology, we encourage you to correct any errors you find in the data by going to the image and editing the name in the correction panel at the bottom of the page.

Why use city directories?

City directories are useful for placing people in a particular place at a particular time. They typically tell you where an ancestor lived and worked and can help you locate ancestors in census years. They can also lead you to nearby churches, cemeteries, and municipalities, where you can look for more records created while your ancestor lived in this location.

What is in a city directory?

There are usually several parts to a city directory. The section of most interest, of course, is the alphabetical listing of names, where you may find your ancestor.

In addition to the alphabetical portion, a city directory may also contain a business directory, street directory, government directory, and listings of town officers, schools, societies, churches, post offices, and other miscellaneous matters of general and local interest. These sections can help you become more familiar with the city or county your ancestor lived in. If your ancestor owned a business, be sure to check the business section for advertisements.

Whenever you use a directory, it is important to refer to the page showing abbreviations used in the book. Some abbreviations are quite common, such as h for home or r for residence. There may even be a subtle distinction between r for residents who are related to the homeowner and b for boarders who are not related. Becoming familiar with these abbreviations will help you better interpret your ancestor’s listing.

Some city directories list adult children who lived with their parents but who were working or going to school. Look for people with the same surname residing at the same address. If analyzed and interpreted properly, these annual directories can tell you (by implication) which children belong to which household, when they married and started families of their own, and when they established themselves in business.

Now what?

Once you find your ancestors in a city directory, use what you learn to find them in other sources, such as censuses, death and probate records, church records, naturalization records, and land records.
 
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US City Directories 1822-1995 Ohio Dayton 1960
US City Directories 1822-1995 Ohio Dayton 1960
 
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US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1937
US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1937
 
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US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1938
US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1938
 
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US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1948
US City Directories 1822-1995 Pennsylvania Erie 1948