Here are links to some great online articles on why and how city directories can be used for genealogical and historical research, as well as some tutorials on using directories at certain database websites:

Analyzing City Directories - from the Board for Certification of Genealogists - Skill Building - May 1996

City Directories - article at Ancestry, author not listed

City Directories - article at Ancestry - from "Along Those Lines..." by George Morgan

City Directories - article at Ancestry by Kathi Sittner

City Directories - article at Shoestring Genealogy by Dae Powell

City Directories: Who Lived Where and When? - a GenGuide by Phyllis Matthews Ziller

City Directories: Windows on the Past - article at Ancestry -
from Shaking Your Family Tree, by Myra Vanderpool Gormley, C.G.

City Directories and Newspapers: Windows on the Past - Guide No. 20 from RootsWeb's Guide to Tracing Your Family Trees

A Crash Course in City Directories - Feb 2008 issue of Got Genealogy? News by Lisa Lee

Do You Have an "Urban" Ancestor? Check out that City Directory!
article by
Trevia Wooster Beverly

Effective Use of City Directories - article at ProGenealogists by Kory Meyerink

I Won the E-bay Bid - article by Jasia of the Creative Gene genealogy blog.  The first of 11 articles written describing what's in a city directory and how it can be used for genealogical research.

Primary Sources - Directories
- a useful article from the Toronto Public Library.

Researching City Directories at the Internet Archive - video tutorial by Kenneth R. Marks of The Ancestor Hunt. *NEW*

Tuesday's Tip: City Directories - my article on my genealogy blog, AnceStories, describing where and how to access city directories and more

Using City Directories
- article at Ancestry by Juliana Smith

Using the City Directories at Footnote [now Fold3] - tutorial by Julie Cahill Tarr on her blog, GenBlog

Using Directories for Genealogical Research - article at Ancestry by Curt B. Witcher

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