Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Online Historical Directories

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The LancasterHistory City Directory Collection can be searched across all its directories here (select the appropriate year range from the menu at the bottom of the search page).

1840s - 1860s

Lancaster City Directory, Bryson, 1843 - Free (LancasterHistory)
 - reprint of original

Lancaster City Directory, Boyd, 1857 - Free (LancasterHistory)


Lancaster County Business Directory, Boyd, 1859-60 - Free (Hathi Trust Digital Library)

Lancaster City Directory, Gopsill, 1863-4 - Free (LancasterHistory)
 - includes Harrison, Lebanon, and York

Lancaster City Directory, Lant, 1866-7 - Free (LancasterHistory)





1870s

Lancaster City Directory, unknown, 1871 - Free (LancasterHistory)


Columbia Borough Directory, Young, 1874 - Free (LancasterHistory)

 - includes Chester and West Chester







1880s

 - includes Columbia





 - includes Columbia, Elizabethtown, Manheim, Marietta, Mount Joy, and Strasburg, as well as Adamstown and Washington Boroughs




1890 - 1894



Columbia Borough Directory, Conklin, 1892  - Free (LancasterHistory)


Lancaster City Directory, Williams, 1892 - Free (LancasterHistory)

 - missing pages; appears to have just the last few pages of the city section, with the bulk of the county directory pages appearing. Does not appear to be the second half the city directory listed above.



1895 - 1899





Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1897 - Free (LancasterHistory)






1900 - 1904


Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1901 - Free (LancasterHistory)


Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1903Free (LancasterHistory)



1905 -  1909


Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1905-6Free (LancasterHistory)


Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1907-8Free (LancasterHistory)

Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1909-10Free (LancasterHistory)


Lancaster County Directory, Polk, 1909Free (LancasterHistory)



1910 - 1914


Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1911-2Free (LancasterHistory)


Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1913Free (LancasterHistory)

 - does not include the City of Lancaster

 - does not include the City of Lancaster


1915 - 1919



Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1916Free (LancasterHistory)



Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1917-8Free (LancasterHistory)



Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1919-20Free (LancasterHistory)


1920s

Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1921-2Free (LancasterHistory)


Lancaster County Directory, Rhodes, 1921Free (LancasterHistory)






1930s










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