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).

Please note that links to directories at LancasterHistory below no longer work.  Until I get the links changed, you can access them directly at their website at https://www.lancasterhistory.org/research/digital-resources/#LancDirectories.

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)

Lancaster City Directory, unknown, 1868-9 - Free (LancasterHistory)

Lancaster County Directory, Barnes & Pearsol, 1869-70 - Free (LancasterHistory)



1870s

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

Lancaster City Directory, Barnes, 1873-4 - Free (LancasterHistory)

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

Columbia and Lancaster City Directories, Boyd, 1874-5 - Free (LancasterHistory)
 - includes Chester and West Chester

Lancaster City and County Directories, Barnes, 1875-6 - Free (LancasterHistory)

Lancaster City Directory, Barnes, 1877-8 - Free (LancasterHistory)

Columbia Borough Directory, Young & Hook, 1878 - Free (LancasterHistory)

Lancaster Business Directory, Leonard, 1879-80 - Free (LancasterHistory)

Lancaster City Directory, Barnes, 1879-80 - Free (LancasterHistory)


1880s

Lancaster City and County Directories, Howe, 1882-3 - Free (LancasterHistory)
 - includes Columbia

Lancaster City and County Business Directories, Boyd, 1883 - Free (LancasterHistory)

Lancaster County Business Directory, Leonard, 1883 - Free (LancasterHistory)

Lancaster City and County Directories, Ferris Brothers, 1884 - Free (LancasterHistory

Lancaster City and County Directories, Barnes, 1886 - Free (LancasterHistory)

Lancaster City and County Directories, Ferris Brothers, 1886 - Free (LancasterHistory)
 - includes Columbia, Elizabethtown, Manheim, Marietta, Mount Joy, and Strasburg, as well as Adamstown and Washington Boroughs


Lancaster City Directory, Williams, 1888 - Free (LancasterHistory)


1890 - 1894


Lancaster City and County Directories, Williams, 1890 - Free (LancasterHistory)

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


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

Lancaster City and County Directories, 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.

Lancaster City Directory, Williams, 1894-5 - Free (LancasterHistory)


1895 - 1899


Lancaster City and County Directories, Williams, 1896 - Free (LancasterHistory)

Lancaster County Business Directory, Bards, 1897 - Free (LancasterHistory)


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


Lancaster City and County Directories, Polk, 1898 - Free (LancasterHistory)


Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1899-1900 - Free (LancasterHistory)


1900 - 1904


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


Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1903 - Free (LancasterHistory)

Lancaster County Directory, Steiner, 1903-4 - Free (LancasterHistory)


1905 -  1909


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


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

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


Lancaster County Directory, Polk, 1909 - Free (LancasterHistory)

Lancaster Rural Free Delivery Directory, Rhodes & Esser, 1909-10 - Free (LancasterHistory)


1910 - 1914


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


Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1913 - Free (LancasterHistory)

 - does not include the City of Lancaster

Lancaster County Farmers Directory, Wilmer Aitkinson, 1914 - Free (LancasterHistory)
 - does not include the City of Lancaster


1915 - 1919

Columbia Borough Directory, Bothway, 1916 - Free (LancasterHistory)


Lancaster City Directory, Polk, 1916 - Free (LancasterHistory)

Lititz Borough and North Lancaster County Directories, Express Printing, 1916-7 - Free (LancasterHistory)


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

Columbia Borough Directory, Clover Press, 1919 - Free (LancasterHistory)


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


1920s

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


Lancaster County Directory, Rhodes, 1921 - Free (LancasterHistory)






1930s










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