San Diego County, California Online Historical Directories

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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.


1860s - 1870s

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

San Diego City Directory, San Diego Daily Union, 1874 - Free (San Diego Historical Society)


1890s - 1900s

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

San Diego City and County Directory, Olmstead, 1897 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Coronado and National City

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

San Diego City and County Directory, Fisher, Ward & Pomeroy, 1899-1900
- $ (Ancestry)

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

San Diego City and County Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1901
- $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Coronado and National City


1930s

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

San Diego Telephone Cross Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1936 - $ (Ancestry)
 - listed by community, then phone number in numeral order, stating which household or business to which the number corresponded

Oceanside City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1937 - $ (Ancestry)

Ramona City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1937 - $ (Ancestry)

San Diego City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1937 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Carsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, El Cajon, Escondido, La Jolla, La Mesa and National City

San Diego City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1938 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Carsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, El Cajon, Escondido, La Jolla, La Mesa, National City and Oceanside

Coronado City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1939 - $ (Ancestry)
 - directory for this city begins at Image 9

La Jolla City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1939
- $ (Ancestry)

La Mesa City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1939 - $ (Ancestry)

National City City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1939 - $ (Ancestry)


1940s

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

La Jolla City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1940 - $ (Ancestry)

La Mesa City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1940 - $ (Ancestry)

National City City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1940 - $ (Ancestry)

San Diego City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1940 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Chula Vista and Coronado

Chula Vista, Coronado, La Jolla, La Mesa and National City City Directories, San Diego Directory Company, 1941 - $ (Ancestry)

San Diego City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1942
- $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Chula Vista, Coronado, La Jolla, La Mesa, and National City

San Diego City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1943 - $ (Ancestry)

Coronado City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1944-5 - $ (Ancestry)

National City City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1944-5 - $ (Ancestry)

Chula Vista City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1944-5
- $ (Ancestry)
 - residential listings begin at image 75
 - incorrectly listed as the San Diego City Directory for 1944-5 and 1947-8; it is the Chula Vista portion of the San Diego City Directory for 1944-5
 - appears to have a major portion of the business directory for San Diego listed for the first 74 images

La Jolla City Directory, Cozby, 1945 - $ (Ancestry)

San Diego City Directory, San Diego Directory Company, 1947-8 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Chula Vista, Coronado, La Jolla, La Mesa, and National City

La Jolla City Directory, La Jolla Directory Company, 1948-9 - $ (Ancestry)

La Jolla City Directory, La Jolla Directory Company, 1949 - $ (Ancestry)


1950s - 1960s

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

La Jolla City Directory, La Jolla Directory Company, 1950 - $ (Ancestry)

La Jolla City Directory, La Jolla Directory Company, 1951 - $ (Ancestry)

La Jolla City Directory, La Jolla Directory Company, 1952 - $ (Ancestry)

San Diego City Directory, Polk, 1959 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes La Jolla


1970s

San Diego Telephone Directory, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1975 - $ (Ancestry)
- includes Alpine, Bonita, Bostonia, Boulevard, Campo, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, Descanso, Dulzura, El Cajon, Imperial Beach, Jacumba, Julian, La Jolla, La Mesa, Lake Morena, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, Lincoln Acres, Mission Beach, National City, Ocean Beach, Palm City, Paradise Hills, Pine Valley, Point Loma, Potrero, Poway, Ramona, Rancdo Bernardo, Rancho De Los Penasquitos, San Ysidro, Santa Ysabel, Santee, Solana Beach, Spring Valley, and Tecate

San Diego Suburban Telephone Directory, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1977  - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Alpine, Bonita, Bostonia, Campo, Chula Vista, Coronado, Descanso, Dulzura, El Cajon, Imperial Beach, Jacumba, La Mesa, Lake Morena, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, National City, Palm City, Paradise Hills, Pine Valley, Potrero, San Ysidro, Santee, and Spring Valley



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