Online Historical Directories

We should all be thankful that, somewhere in this great big world, there is someone who makes what we thought of as our obsession with a particular subject look like small potatoes. This obsessed monomaniac breathes, eats, and sleeps this one special subject. And—if we are very lucky—this person creates a skillfully organized website that allows the rest of us to web surf in the wake of this topical tsunami.

Online Historical Directories is such a website. From the OHD landing page:

“Have you ever wished you could find links to all the online city directories in one place? A place where they were listed by location and in date order? This is the purpose of the Online Historical Directories Website. It is meant to be used as an aid to genealogists, historians, and other researchers.”

St. Louis city directory
St. Louis city directory

Note: There is coverage for UK, Ireland, Canada, and Thailand, not just the US! Coverage is best for larger cities, of course, but you never know what a search will turn up. Plus, the website is a work in progress, so if what you need isn’t there today, check back in a month or two!

By the way, SLPL owns complete sets of St. Louis city and county directories. We can check particular years for you and copy listings for individuals and / or business firms. We also own city directories for various other Missouri cities and towns, and various large cities in other states, so call (314-539-0385) or email us with your questions about cities and towns of interest.

Some city directories are also available in our Ancestry.com and Fold3.com reference databases. Ancestry.com is available at Central Library and our branches, and Fold3.com can be used from home by SLPL cardholders.

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