Useful Resources

City Directories Chart - use this handy form to record information found in city directories, both online and off; created by Dae Powell at Shoestring Genealogy.

The Development and Growth of City Directories by A. V. Williams (on Google Books) - discover when city directories began for most any city in the U.S. and around the globe

Steve Morse's "Obtaining Street Name Changes in One Step" - links to lists of street name changes in major U.S. cities

Online City Directory Resources

(For offline resources, check out question number 4 on the FAQs page.)

Subscription Databases Websites: Ancestry, Fold3, GenealogyBank (a subscription newspaper site with some directories), GenealogyToday, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Historic Map Works, Vital-Search (a subscription vital record site with some directories), WorldVitalRecords

Free Directories Websites: All-Ancestors, DistantCousin, Don's List, KentuckyCityDirectory, Old Directory Search

Free Online Book Websites:Digital Book Index, Digital Public Library of AmericaFamilySearch Family History Books (formerly BYU Digital Books), GooBooGeniGoogle Books, HeritageQuest (must access with a library card from a participating library; links here for list), Internet Archive, Making of America (Cornell U), Making of America (UMich)

Public Libraries: Library of Congress, Library and Archives of Canada,, WorldCat

Museums, Universities, and Archives: Virtual Library Museums pagesWWW Virtual Library, Repositories of Primary Sources

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