Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Online Historical Directories

Expand your research by checking out the Pennsylvania Online Historical Newspapers here.


The Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network has both directories in scanned form and an initial search engine that currently (20 July 2010) searches surnames A-N for the 1861 McElroy's Philadelphia directory. Plans are in place to update the search engine to include all surnames from all directories on that site.

The Historic Pittsburgh City Directory Collection can be searched across all its directories here.

Links to directories at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) 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 keyword, go to the Digital Archive & Library search engine on this page (it is the second search box).  For more information on how to access subscription websites, read Number 5 on my FAQs page.

Philadelphia City Directory, Paxton, 1819 - $ (NEHGS)
 - Part I (Abbett-Curtis); Part II (Curtis-Jefferies); Part III (Jefferis-Pine); Part IV (Piper-Wells); Part V (Wells-Zottman)
 - includes Hamiltonville

Philadelphia City Directory, McElroy, 1851 - Free (Internet Archive)
 - description erroneously states 1842 as year of publication


Philadelphia City Directory, McElroy, 1856 - Free (Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network)

Philadelphia City Directory, McElroy, 1857 - Free (Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network)

Philadelphia City Directory, McElroy, 1858 - Free (Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network)

Philadelphia City Directory, McElroy, 1861 - Free (EveNDon)

Philadelphia City Directory, McElroy, 1861 - Free (Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network)

Philadelphia City Directory, McElroy, 1866 - Free (Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network)

 - includes prominent businesses of Philadelphia

Philadelphia City Directory, James Gopsill's Sons, 1890 - Free (Old Directory Search)





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