Jefferson County, Alabama Online Historical Directories

Expand your research by checking out the Alabama Online Historical Newspapers here.


Links to directories at Ancestry are to the images themselves, which are browsable. Non-subscribers will not be able to view these. Non-subscribers can, however, use the search engine and see a listing of possible results (but no images or further details). To search by name, directory, year, or keyword, go to Ancestry's U.S. City Directories search engine. For more information on how to access subscription websites, read Number 5 on my FAQs page.

The Birmingham Public Library has a helpful page listing street name changes here.

1880s - 1890s

Birmingham City Directory, Interstate, 1884-5 - Free (Google Books)

Birmingham City Directory, Interstate, 1884-5 - Free (Hathi Trust Digital Library)

Bessemer and Birmingham City Directories, Polk, 1888 - $ (Ancestry)

Birmingham City Directory, Polk, 1889 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Bessemer Business Directory

Birmingham City Directory, Polk, 1890 - $ (Ancestry)

Birmingham City Directory, Roberts & Son, 1896 - $ (Ancestry)

Birmingham City Directory, Maloney, 1897 - $ (Ancestry)

Birmingham City Directory, Maloney, 1899 - $ (Ancestry)


1900s

Birmingham City Directory, Maloney, 1900 - $ (Ancestry)

Birmingham City Directory, Maloney, 1901 - $ (Ancestry)









 1910s





Birmingham City Directory, Polk, 1922 - Free (FamilySearch Books)











 - listed under "Jefferson" at Ancestry

 - listed under "Jefferson" at Ancestry

Birmingham City Directory, Polk, 1940 - $ (Ancestry)

 - includes Fairfield and Homewood

 - includes Fairfield and Homewood

Birmingham City Directory, Polk, 1944 - $ (Ancestry)
- includes Fairfield

Bessemer City Directory, Polk, 1946 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Brighton
 - listed under "Jefferson" at Ancestry

 - includes Fairfield
Birmingham Business Directory, Polk, 1947-8 - $ (Ancestry)
 - appears to be te second half of the city directory; business section

Bessemer City Directory, Polk, 1948 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Brighton
 - listed under "Jefferson" at Ancestry
 - includes Fairfield, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Powderly, Pratt City, and Wylam


1950s
Birmingham City Directory, Polk, 1950-1 - $ (Ancestry)

 - includes Brighton

Birmingham Business Directory, Polk, 1952 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Fairfield, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Powderly, Pratt City, Sandusky, Tarrant City, and Wylam

 - includes Brighton, Broadmoor, Glen Hills, Hueytown, Lakewood Estates, North Highlands, and West Highlands

 - includes Homewood, Mountain Brook, Tarrant City, Vestavia Hills, and Wylam

Birmingham Buyer's Guide, Polk, 1954 - $ (Ancestry)

 - includes Brighton, Broadmoor, Glen Hills, Hueytown, Lakewood Estates, and North Highlands

Birmingham City Directory, Polk, 1956 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Fairfield, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Tarrant City, Vestavia Hills, and Wylam
 - includes Brighton, Broadmoor, Glen Hills, Hueytown, Lakewood Estates, and North Highlands

Birmingham City Directory, Polk, 1957 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Fairfield, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Tarrant City, and Vestavia Hills

 - includes Fairfield, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Tarrant City, and Vestavia Hills

Bessemer City Directory, Polk, 1959 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Brighton, Broadmoor, Brownville, Glen Hills, Hueytown, Hueytown Crest, Industrial City, Lakewood Estates, Lipscomb, North Highlands, Raimund, Tennessee Farms, Wilkes, and Woodward

 - includes Fairfield, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Tarrant City, and Vestavia Hills


1960s

Bessemer City Directory, Polk, 1960 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Brighton, Broadmoor, Brownville, Glen Hills, Hueytown, Hueytown Crest, Industrial City, Lakewood Estates, Lipscomb, North Highlands, Raimund, Skyview, Tennessee Farms, Wilkes, and Woodward

 - includes Fairfield, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Tarrant City, and Vestavia Hills



Are the directories you're looking for not available online?
Check out WorldCat to find printed or microfilmed directories for Bessemer, Birmingham, and Jefferson County.
They may be available through inter-library loan, or the library that holds them may be able to do lookups and send you copies of pertinent pages.

The Library of Congress holds a number of Alabama business, cityreverse (crisscross and street address), telephone, and other directories.
Learn how to access these materials in person in Washington, D.C. through this link, or via a researcher here.





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