New York Directories

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Directories are alphabetical lists of names and addresses. City directories can help you learn where an ancestor lived. The person’s occupation is frequently given. Often the home address and business address are both mentioned. When a husband dies, many times the widow is listed as "widow of...."

Directories can help you determine which jurisdictional ward the family lived in if you are searching census records for a particular time period in a big city. Directories sometimes have maps and addresses of churches, cemeteries, courthouses, and other important locations.

Resources for New York Directories[edit | edit source]

Libraries and Archives[edit | edit source]

Directories listing the names, addresses, and occupations of adults have been published for at least 107 New York communities and for 18 New York counties. The Family History Library, Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library have some of the largest collections of directories. Read an informative article about directories (General and New York) on the New York Public Library blog.

Directories Online[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has city directories for various years from throughout the state of New York including:

Brooklyn

Buffalo

New York City

To find directories, consult the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:

NEW YORK, [COUNTY] — DIRECTORIES
NEW YORK, [COUNTY], [TOWN] — DIRECTORIES

Websites[edit | edit source]