San Francisco City-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.

1830s - 1850s

San Francisco Bay Residents List, Davis, 1838 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
 - transcribed

San Francisco City Directory, Davis, 1846 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
 - transcribed

San Francisco City Directory, Kimball, 1850 - Free (Google Books)

San Francisco City Directory, Kimball, 1850
- Free (Internet Archive)

San Francisco City Directory, Kimball, 1850 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
 - transcribed

San Francisco City Directory, Morgan, 1852 - Free (Internet Archive)

San Francisco City Directory, Morgan, 1852 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
 - transcribed

San Francisco City Directory, Parker, 1852-3 - Free (Internet Archive)

San Francisco City Directory, Parker, 1852-3 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
 - transcribed

San Francisco City Directory, LeCount and Strong, 1854 - Free (Internet Archive)

San Francisco City Directory, Colville, 1856
- Free (Internet Archive)

San Francisco City Directory, Harris, Bogardus & Labatt, 1856 - Free (Internet Archive)

San Francisco City Directory, Langley, 1858
- Free (Internet Archive)

San Francisco City Directory, Herrick and Hoogs, 1859 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)

San Francisco City Directory, Langley, 1859
- Free (Internet Archive)


1860s - 1880s

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

San Francisco Department Directory, Mallandaine, 1860 - Free (Vancouver Public Library)
 - a special business directory highlighting the commercial houses of Victoria, British Columbia and San Francisco

San Francisco City Directory, Crocker-Langley, 1863 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)

San Francisco City Directory, Langley, 1864 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)

San Francisco Telephone Directory, American Speaking Telephone Company, 1878 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
 - transcribed

San Francisco City Directory, Langley, 1879 - $ (Ancestry)

San Francisco and Oakland Society Directories, Argonaut Publishing Company, 1879 - Free (Don's List)

Pacific Coast Business Directory, McKenny, 1880-1
- Free (Golden Nugget Library)
 - transcribed
 - San Francisco County listings only; includes residents (not just businesses)
 - this exact info also available at San Francisco Genealogy website here

San Francisco City Directory, Langley, 1880 - $ (Ancestry)

Arizona Business Directory and Gazetteer, Disturnell, 1881 - Free (Don's List)
 - contains a list of wholesale merchants and manufacturers in San Francisco

San Francisco City Directory, Langley, 1881 - $ (Ancestry)

San Francisco City Directory, Langley, 1882 - $ (Ancestry)

San Francisco City Directory, Langley, 1882 - Free (Internet Archive)

San Francisco City Directory, Langley, 1883
- $ (Ancestry)


1890s

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

San Francisco City Directory, Langley, 1890 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)

San Francisco Social Directory, Bancroft Company, 1892 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
  - transcribed

San Francisco Telephone Directory, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1893 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
  - transcribed

West Side Christian Church Directory, West Side Christian Church (San Francisco), 1895 - Free (Golden Nugget Library)
 - transcribe

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

San Francisco Telephone Directory, Sunset Telephone and Telegraph Company, March 1898 - Free (Golden Nugget Library)

San Francisco Telephone Directory, Sunset Telephone and Telegraph Company, March 1898
- Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
 - mirror of link above

San Francisco Telephone Directory, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, October 1898 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
 - transcribed

San Francisco Social Directory, Hoag, 1899 - Free (Golden Nugget Library)
 - includes Alameda, Belmont, Belvedere, Berkeley, Burlingame, Los Angeles, Meno Park, Oakland, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Ross Valley, Sacramento, San Carlos, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, San Rafael, Santa Cruse, Stockton, U.S. Army (Pacific Division), and the National Guard of California

San Francisco Social Directory, Hoag, 1899
- Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
 - includes Alameda, Belmont, Belvedere, Berkeley, Burlingame, Los Angeles, Meno Park, Oakland, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Ross Valley, Sacramento, San Carlos, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, San Rafael, Santa Cruse, Stockton, U.S. Army (Pacific Division), and the National Guard of California


1900s

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

San Francisco Telephone Directory, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1902 - Free (Golden Nugget Library)
 - transcribed

San Francisco Telephone Directory, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1902 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)

San Francisco Telephone Directory, Pacific States & Sunset Telephone and Telegraph Companies, 1903 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)

San Francisco Telephone Directory, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1904 - Free (Golden Nugget Library)
 - transcribed

San Francisco Telephone Directory, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1905 - Free (Golden Nugget Library)
 - transcribed

San Francisco Telephone Directory, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1905 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
 - transcribed

San Francisco Social Directory, Hoag, 1905
- Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
 - transcribed

San Francisco Relief Business Directory, Beecher & Pike, 1906 - Free (Bancroft Library)
 - gives names, businesses, and addresses of San Francisco business that were forced to relocate after the fire/earthquake of April 18 to other parts of San Francisco and to Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and Emeryville

San Francisco Temporary Telephone Directory, Pacific States Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1906 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
 - transcribed
 - a post-earthquake and fire directory

San Francisco City Directory, Crocker-Langley, 1907 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)

San Francisco City Directory, Crocker-Langley, 1908 - Free (Don's List)


1910s

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

Central Methodist Episcopal Church Directory, Central Methodist Episcopal Church (San Francisco), 1910 - Free (Golden Nugget Library)
 - transcribed

San Francisco Street Number and Car Directory, Andrian, 1912 - Free (Don's List)

San Francisco City Directory, Crocker-Langley, 1915 - Free (Don's List)

San Francisco Social Directory, Social Register Association, 1919 - Free (Golden Nugget Library)
 - transcribed
 - includes Oakland


1920s

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

San Francisco City Directory, Crocker-Langley, 1921 - Free (Don's List)

San Francisco City Directory, Crocker-Langley, 1922 - Free (DistantCousin)

San Francisco Social Directory, Hoag & Page, 1924 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
 - transcribed

San Francisco Social Directory, Social Register Association, 1927 - Free (Golden Nugget Library)
 - transcribed


1930s

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

San Francisco Social Directory, Social Register Association, 1932 - Free (San Francisco Genealogy)
 - transcribed

San Francisco City Directory, Polk's Crocker-Langley, 1936 - $ (Ancestry)
 - contains only the Buyer's Guide and the last 193 images of the directory

San Francisco City Directory, Polk's Crocker-Langley, 1936
- Free (Internet Archive)

San Francisco City Directory, Polk's Crocker-Langley, 1937 - $ (Ancestry)

San Francisco City Directory, Polk's Crocker-Langley, 1937 - Free (Internet Archive)

San Francisco City Directory, Polk's Crocker-Langley, 1938
- $ (Ancestry)

San Francisco Telephone Directory, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1938 - Free (Don's List)

San Francisco City Directory, Polk's Crocker-Langley, 1939
- $ (Ancestry)
 - images begin with page 1113

San Francisco City Directory, Polk's Crocker-Langley, 1939 - Free (Internet Archive)


1940s - 1960s

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

San Francisco City Directory, Polk's Crocker-Langley, 1940 - $ (Ancestry)

San Francisco City Directory, Polk's Crocker-Langley, 1941
- $ (Ancestry)

San Francisco City Directory, Polk's Crocker-Langley, 1942 - $ (Ancestry)

San Francisco City Directory, Polk's Crocker-Langley, 1943
- $ (Ancestry)

San Francisco City Directory, Polk's Crocker-Langley, 1944
- $ (Ancestry)

San Francisco City Directory, Polk's Crocker-Langley, 1945-6 - $ (Ancestry)

San Francisco City Directory, Polk's Crocker-Langley, 1948-9 - $ (Ancestry)
 - first 44 pages appear to be missing

San Francisco City Directory, Polk's Crocker-Langley, 1948-9 - Free (Internet Archive)


1970s
San Francisco Telephone Directory, Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company, 1970 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes Brisbane, Colma, Daly City, parts of Pacifica and South San Francisco, Treasure Island, and Yerba Buena Island






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