San Mateo County, California Online Historical Directories

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1860s - 1920s

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

 - includes San Mateo County, as well as individual listings for Belmont, Crystal Springs, Half Moon Bay, Milbrae, Purissimo, Redwood City, San Bruno, Searsville, Sheldon, and Woodside


 - includes Belmont, Gordon Landing, Half Moon Bay, LaHonda, Lobetus Station, Menlo Park, Milbrae, Pesadero, Pigeon Point, Purissima, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Felix Station, San Gregorio, San Mateo, School House Station, Searsville, and Visitacion Valley

Pacific Coast Directory, McKenney, 1881 - Free (Golden Nugget Library)
 - San Mateo County listings
 - transcribed

 - California listings, including some San Mateo County locations

 - includes Belmont, Menlo Park, Redwood (City), San Carlos, and San Mateo

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

Menlo Park City Directory, Polk, 1926 - Free (DistantCousin)




 - includes Atherton, Belmont, Emerald Lake, San Carlos, and Woodside

Palo Alto City Directory, Polk, 1937 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes East Palo Alto and Menlo Park

Palo Alto City Directory, Polk, 1938
- $ (Ancestry)
 - includes East Palo Alto

Menlo Park City Directory, Polk, 1938 - $ (Ancestry)



 - includes Atherton, Belmont, Emerald Lake, San Carlos, White Oaks and Woodside

Palo Alto City Directory, Polk, 1939 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes East Palo Alto


1940s

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

Brisbane City and Telephone Directory, Community Baptist Church, 1940 - Free (Online Archive of California)
 - although compiled by a church, it does not appear to be a church directory, but an actual city/telephone directory



 - includes Millbrae

 - includes Atherton, Belmont, Emerald Lake, San Carlos, White Oaks and Woodside

Palo Alto City Directory, Polk, 1941
- $ (Ancestry)
 - includes East Palo Alto and Menlo Park

 - includes Millbrae

Palo Alto City Directory, Polk, 1942 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes East Palo Alto and Menlo Park
 - scanned at one page per image

Palo Alto City Directory, Polk, 1942
- $ (Ancestry)  - another copy
 - includes East Palo Alto and Menlo Park
 - scanned at two pages per image

 - includes Millbrae

 - includes Millbrae

Palo Alto City Directory, Polk, 1944 - $ (Ancestry)
 - includes East Palo Alto and Menlo Park

 - includes Millbrae

 - includes Millbrae

 - includes Millbrae


San Mateo County Telephone Directory, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1948 - Free (Don's List)
 - does not include the communities of Bay Shore, Brisbane, Colma, and Daly City, which were included in the San Francisco Telephone Directory of 1948
 - web page is incorrectly labeled for San Francisco, 1912

1950 - 1970s

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

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

San Mateo County Telephone Directory, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1973 - $ (Ancestry)
 - excludes Brisbane, Colma, and part of Daly City

San Mateo County Telephone Directory, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1975 - $ (Ancestry)
 - excludes Brisbane, Colma, and part of Daly City

 - excludes Brisbane, Colma, and part of Daly City





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