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Online City Directories


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Buffalo Directories

Year & Link
Provider & Other Notes
1828
A text file with names and addresses.  This is Buffalo's first city directory.  The next one came out in 1832.
1828  Fold3, membership required
1832
DistantCousin.com
1832
Google Books
1832
Archive.org
1832
NewYorkHeritage.org
1836
NewYorkHeritage.org
1837
NewYorkHeritage.org
1838
NewYorkHeritage.org
1839
NewYorkHeritage.org
1840
NewYorkHeritage.org
1841Google Books
1841
NewYorkHeritage.org
1842 Archive.org
1842Google Books
1842
Hathi Trust
1842
NewYorkHeritage.org
1844
Google Books
1844 Archive.org
1844
NewYorkHeritage.org
1847-48
NewYorkHeritage.org
1848
Google Books
1848 Archive.org
1848-49
NewYorkHeritage.org
1849Google Books
1849-50
Hathi Project
1849-50 Archive.org
1849-50
NewYorkHeritage.org
1850-51
Hathi Trust
1850-51 Archive.org
1850-51
NewYorkHeritage.org
1851-52
Google Books
1852
Hathi Trust
1852
NewYorkHeritage.org
1853
Google Books
1853
Hathi Trust
1853
NewYorkHeritage.org
1854
Google Books
1854
Hathi Trust
1854
NewYorkHeritage.org
1855
Google Books
1855
NewYorkHeritage.org
1855
Google Books, business directory only. 
1855 Archive.org, business directory only. 
1856
NewYorkHeritage.org
1857
NewYorkHeritage.org
1858 Google Books
1858
NewYorkHeritage.org
1859
Google Books
1859 Archive.org
1859
NewYorkHeritage.org
1860
Google Books
1860 Archive.org
1860
NewYorkHeritage.org
1861
Google Books
1861 Archive.org
1861
NewYorkHeritage.org
1862
Google Books
1862
NewYorkHeritage.org
1863
Google Books
1863
NewYorkHeritage.org
1864
Google Books
1864 Archive.org
1864
NewYorkHeritage.org
1865
Google Books
1865
NewYorkHeritage.org
1866
NewYorkHeritage.org
1867
NewYorkHeritage.org
1868
NewYorkHeritage.org
1869
DistantCousin.com
1870 Hathi Trust
1870Buffalo City & Erie County Register and Business Directory Including a Directory of Farmers
1871 Fold3, membership required
1872 Fold3, membership required
1873 Hathi Trust
1873 Google Books
1874  Fold3, membership required
1875 Google Books
1876 Fold3, membership required
1877 Fold3, membership required
1878 Fold3, membership required
1879 Fold3, membership required
1880 Google Books
1881 Fold3, membership required
1882 Fold3, membership required
1883
Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory at NewYorkHeritage.org, limited to middle & upper class families
1884 Google Books
1884
Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory at NewYorkHeritage.org, limited to middle & upper class families
1885 Fold3, membership required
1886 Fold3, membership required
1887
Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory at NewYorkHeritage.org, limited to middle & upper class families
1887 Fold3, membership required
1888-89
Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory at NewYorkHeritage.org, limited to middle & upper class families
1890
Incomplete.  East Side names have been culled by volunteers and listed here
1890 Searchable at Ancestry.com.  You get last name and first name but not address or occupation unless you have a membership.
1890-91
Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory at NewYorkHeritage.org, limited to middle & upper class families
1892-93
Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory at NewYorkHeritage.org, limited to middle & upper class families
1893 Google Books
1894
Knights of Pythias Directory
After the street directory, there are names & addresses of members
1894-95
Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory at NewYorkHeritage.org, limited to middle & upper class families
1896-97 Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory at NewYorkHeritage.org, limited to middle & upper class families
1898-99 Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory at NewYorkHeritage.org, limited to middle & upper class families
1900 Fold3, membership required
1901 Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory at NewYorkHeritage.org, limited to middle & upper class families
1902 Fold3, membership required
1903 Fold3, membership required
1904 Fold3, membership required
1904-05 Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory at NewYorkHeritage.org, limited to middle & upper class families
1905 Fold3, membership required
1906 Fold3, membership required
1907 Fold3, membership required
1908 Fold3, membership required
1909 Fold3, membership required
1909-10 Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory at NewYorkHeritage.org, limited to middle & upper class families
1910 dollar sign Fold3, membership required
1911-12 Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory at NewYorkHeritage.org, limited to middle & upper class families
1911 dollar sign Fold3, membership required
1912 dollar sign Fold3, membership required
1915 dollar sign Bell Telephone Directory for Buffalo at HistoricMapWorks
1915 Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory at NewYorkHeritage.org, limited to middle & upper class families
1916 dollar sign Fold3, membership required
1917 dollar sign Fold3, membership required
1918 dollar sign Fold3, membership required
1918 Social Register, Summer edition.  See pp. 590-600 for names & summer homes of wealthy Buffalonians
1919 dollar sign Fold3, membership required
1919 Social Register, Summer edition.  See pp. 618-626 for names & summer homes of wealthy Buffalonians
1920 Blue Book of Buffalo Commerce, the directory of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce
1920Buffalo Club Book, listing directors, by-laws, constitution, and members of the Buffalo Club
1920 dollar sign Fold3, membership required
1920 Social Register, Summer edition.  See pp. 674-682 for names & summer homes of wealthy Buffalonians
1921 dollar sign Fold3, membership required
1922 dollar sign Fold3, membership required
1923 dollar sign Fold3, membership required

Find more Buffalo directories in library collections.


i Erie County & Western New York Directories

Year & Link Notes
1868 Lockport city directory.  You get snippets which might show last name, first name and sometimes address or occupation. For full text, you must have a Ancestry.com membership.
1869 Gazetteer & Business Directory of Niagara County
1871 Classified Business Directory, Erie County from Asher & Adams atlas at NYPL.org
1875 Gazetteer and Business Directory of Allegany County 
1875-1916 Jamestown & Olean NY city directories
1878 Lockport city directory.  You get snippets which might show last name, first name and sometimes address or occupation. For full text, you must have a Ancestry.com membership.
1880 Western New York Gazetteer & Business Directory.  Very slow-loading PDF.
1884 R.L. Polk's Marine Directory of the Great Lakes.  Limited to businesses, services, and individuals connected with shipping & lake commerce in Buffalo, Tonawanda, Dunkirk, etc.
1891 R.L. Polk's Marine Directory of the Great Lakes.  Limited to businesses, services, and individuals connected with shipping & lake commerce in Buffalo, Tonawanda, Dunkirk, etc.
1902-03 Johnson's Business and Professional Directory of Buffalo, Rochester, Erie, Niagara Falls, Lockport, Tonawanda, Batavia, Hamburg, Dunkirk, WIlliamsville, Geneva, Lyons, Canandaigua, and Lancaster, N.Y. [etc.]. Very slow-loading PDF.
1917
Farm Journal Illustrated Rural Directory of Erie County. Partially transcribed online by a volunteer.
1921 Social Service Directory of Erie County.  Features churches, charities, hospitals, orphanages, schools, etc.
1924
Erie County Directory online in "limited preview" at Google Books, meaning that only some pages are shown.
1940
Erie County Rural Survey
1941Spencer's Roster of native sons (and daughters).  A who's who of upstate NY. See pp. 34-41 for Buffalo notables.

Find more Erie County directories in library collections.

Updated 28 May 2014
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