Orange County, California Online Historical Directories

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Orange County separated from Los Angeles County in 1889.

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.

Please note: the URLs of the directories at Fullerton Public Library have changed on the library website, and so my links to them on this page currently do not work. Until I'm able to make corrections, please use the following link to get to the listing of all the directories on the Fullerton Public Library site: http://fullertonlibrary.org/city-directories/.


1860s - 1880s

California Voter Registers, 1866-1898 - $ (Ancestry)

Los Angeles City and County Directory, Southern California Directory Company, 1881-1882 - $ (Ancestry)

Los Angeles City and Santa Ana Valley Directory, Los Angeles Directory Publishing Company, 1883-4 - $ (Ancestry)

Los Angeles City and County Directory, Atwood & Ernst, 1884-85 $ - (Ancestry)

Los Angeles County Great Register (Voters Directory), 1884 - Free (Southern California Genealogical Society)
 - transcribed
 - includes present day Orange County

Los Angeles City and County Directory, Bynon, 1886-87 $ - (Ancestry)

Los Angeles Business Directory, Corran, 1888 - $ (Ancestry)


1890s

California Voter Registers, 1866-1898 - $ (Ancestry)

Los Angeles and Orange County Business Directory, Pearsall, 1890-91 - $ (Ancestry)

California State Government and Court Directory, unknown, 1898 - $ (Ancestry)

Orange County Directory, Fine, 1899 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)


1900s

California Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 - $ (Ancestry)

Orange County Directory, Orange County Directory Company, 1903 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)



1910s

California Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 - $ (Ancestry)

Anaheim, Fullerton, and Orange City Directories, Thurston, 1913-4 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)

Orange County Directory, unknown, 1919-20 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)


1920s

California Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 - $ (Ancestry)

Orange County Directory, unknown, 1922 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)

Orange County Directory, Western Directory Company, 1924 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)

Orange County Directory, Western Directory Company, 1925 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)

Orange County Directory, Flaggs, 1926 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)

Orange County Directory, Western Directory Company, 1928
- Free (Fullerton Public Library)

Orange County Directory, Western Directory Company, 1929 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)



Orange County Directory, Western Directory Company, 1936 - $ (Ancestry)
 - front section
 - North County: includes Anaheim, Atlas, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Habra, Los Alamitos, Placentia, Stanton, and Yorba Linda
 - South County: includes Balboa, Balboa Island, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Doheny Park, El Modena, El Toro, Garden Grove, Gloryetta, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Midway City, Newport Beach, Olive, Orange, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Silverado, Sunset Beach, Three Arches, Tustin, and Westminster

Orange County Directory, Western Directory Company, 1937 - $ (Ancestry)
 - front section
 - North County: includes Anaheim, Atwood, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Habra, Los Alamitos, Placentia, Stanton, and Yorba Linda
 - South County: includes Balboa, Balboa Island, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Doheny Park, El Modena, El Toro, Garden Grove, Gloryetta, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Midway City, Newport Beach, Olive, Orange, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Silverado, South Laguna, Sunset Beach, Three Arches, Tustin, and Westminster

Orange County Directory, Western Directory Company, 1938 - $ (Ancestry)
 - front section
 - North County: includes Anaheim, Atwood, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Habra, Los Alamitos, Placentia, Stanton, and Yorba Linda
 - South County: includes Balboa, Balboa Island, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Doheny Park, El Modena, El Toro, Garden Grove, Gloryetta, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Midway City, Newport Beach, Olive, Orange, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Silverado, South Laguna, Sunset Beach, Three Arches, Tustin, and Westminster

Orange County Directory, Western Directory Company, 1939 - $ (Ancestry)
 - front section
 - North and South County: includes Anaheim, Atwood, Balboa, Balboa Island, Brea, Buena Park, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Doheny Park, El Modena, El Toro, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Gloryetta, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Laguna Beach, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Newport Beach, Olive, Orange, Placentia, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Silverado, South Laguna, Stanton, Sunset Beach, Three Arches, Trabuco Oaks, Tustin, Westminster and Yorba Linda


1940s

California Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 - $ (Ancestry)

Orange County Directory, Western Directory Company, 1940 - $ (Ancestry)
 - front section
 - North County: includes Anaheim, Atwood, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Habra, Los Alamitos, Placentia, Stanton, and Yorba Linda
 - South County: includes Balboa, Balboa Island, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Doheny Park, El Modena, El Toro, Garden Grove, Gloryetta, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Midway City, Newport Beach, Olive, Orange, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Silverado, South Laguna, Sunset Beach, Three Arches, Trabuco Canyon, Tustin, and Westminster

Orange County Directory, Western Directory Company, 1941 - $ (Ancestry)
 - front section
 - North County: includes Anaheim, Atwood, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Habra, Los Alamitos, Placentia, Stanton, and Yorba Linda
 - South County: includes Balboa, Balboa Island, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Doheny Park, El Modena, El Toro, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Midway City, Newport Beach, Olive, Orange, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Silverado, Sunset Beach, Three Arches, Trabuco Canyon, Tustin, and Westminster

South Orange County Directory, Western Directory Company, 1947 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Costa Mesa, El Modena, El Toro, Garden Grove, Irvine, Midway City, Orange, Olive, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Silverado, Trabuco Canyon, Tustin, and Westminster

North Orange County Directory, Western Directory Company, 1948 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Anaheim, Atwood, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia, Stanton, and Yorba Linda
 - another copy


1950s

California Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 - $ (Ancestry)

Southern Orange County Directory, Luskey/Directory Service Company, 1951 - $ (Ancestry)
  - includes Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Midway City, Newport Beach, Orange, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Tustin, and Westminster

North Orange County Criss-Cross Directory, Luskey, 1953 - $ (Ancestry)


1960s

California Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 - $ (Ancestry)

North Orange County Telephone Directory, Ross Publications, 1969 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)
 - includes Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Placentia, and Yorba Linda


1970s

North Orange County Telephone Directory, Ross Publications, 1971 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)
 - includes Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia, and Yorba Linda

North Orange County Telephone Directory, Ross Publications, 1972 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)
 - includes Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Placentia, and Yorba Linda

North Orange County Telephone Directory, Ross Publications, 1973 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)
 - includes Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Placentia, and Yorba Linda

North Orange County Telephone Directory, Ross Publications, 1974 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)
 - includes Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Placentia, and Yorba Linda; portions of Bellehurst and East Whittier

North Orange County Telephone Directory, Ross Publications, 1975 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)
 - includes Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia, and Yorba Linda

North Orange County Telephone Directory, Ross Publications, 1977 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)
  - includes Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Placentia, and Yorba Linda

North Orange County Telephone Directory, Ross Publications, 1979 - Free (Fullerton Public Library)
  - includes Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Placentia, and Yorba Linda


1980s

North Orange County Telephone Directory, Ross Publications, 1980- Free (Fullerton Public Library)



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