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Genealogy

A guide to selected genealogical resources at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.

  Introduction

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library houses an extensive collection of early city directories. Genealogical researchers use city directories to obtain information about individuals in specific places at particular points in time. City directories include names, addresses, and occupations. They may also reveal age, marital status, home ownership, and race. In addition, these resources frequently list information regarding churches, cemeteries, schools, local businesses, railways, newspapers, social organizations, town services, and city officials.

Selective List of Materials in the W.E. B. Du Bois Library

United States city directories, 1861-1881. New Haven: Research Publications, [197-].
Microfilm 6579

Cities and years by state follow

CONNECTICUT
Hartford: 1861-1882
New Haven: 1861-1881

MAINE
Portland: 1863-1864, 1866-1867, 1868-1869, 1871, 1873, 1875, 1877, 1879, 1881

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston: 1861-1882
Lowell: 1861, 1864-1866, 1868, 1870, 1872, 1874-1876, 1878, 1880, 1881
Worcester: 1861-1881

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Manchester: 1864, 1866, 1869, 1871, 1873, 1875, 1877, 1879-1881

RHODE ISLAND
Providence: 1861-1881

VERMONT
Burlington: 1865-1883

United States city directories, 1882-1901.
Microfilm 6580

Cities and years by state follow

CONNECTICUT
Hartford: 1882-1902
New Haven: 1882-1901

MAINE
Portland: 1882-1901

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston: 1882-1902
Lowell: 1883-1901
Worcester: 1882-1901

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Manchester: 1882-1898

RHODE ISLAND
Providence: 1882-1902

VERMONT
Burlington: 1883-1901

Guide to the collection

City directories of the United States, 1860-1901: guide to the microfilm collection
Call Number: Microforms Guides  Z 5771.2 C57

City directories of the United States, 1902-1935.
Call Number: Microfilm 6581

Cities and years by state follow

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston: 1902-1935
Fall River: 1902-1935

Guides to the collection

City directories IV. Unit 2, Boston: temporary guide to the microfilm collection.
Call Number: Microforms Guides Z 5771.2 C5722 1983

City directories IV. Unit 11, Detroit, MI; Erie, PA; Fall River, MA; Grand Rapids, MI; Harrisburg, PA.
Call Number: Microforms Guides Z 5771.2 C573


Boston directory
Call Number: F 73.2 P6 + 1938, 1940-1941

Directory of Ogden City and North Utah Record
Call Number: Microfilm 1509 Reel 5 No. 2

Fall River directory. Boston: Sampson, Murdock
Call Number: Microfilm A 251 1(1853) - 31(1900)

Geer's Hartford city directory
Call Number: Special Collections F 104 H3 A18 1857-1858, 1868-1869

Greenfield, Massachusetts city directory
Call Number: F 74 G85 G83 + 1988-1989

Hill-Donnelly cross reference directory. Northampton-Greenfield, Massachusetts and vicinity
Call Number: Reference (latest year) HE 8840 M4 H55 1987-2001, 2003-

Manning's Greenfield, Montague, Deerfields directory
Call Number: F 74 G85 A18 1979-1986

North Adams general directory, including Blackinton, Greylock, and Braytonville
Call Number: F 74 N8 A18 1887

Northampton Easthampton directory
Call Number: F 74 N86 A18 54(1936)-72(1954), 74(1956), 86(1968)-94(1979), 96(1981)-97(1982)

Northampton, Massachusetts city directory
Call Number: F 74 N86 A18 + 1988-1990

Polk's Boston (Suffolk County, MA) city directory
Call Number: F 73.2 P6 + 1968-1973

Price & Lee's Amherst (Hampshire County, MA) city directory
Call Number: F 74 A5 A19 1964-1975

The Salt Lake City directory and business guide, for 1869 - Sloan, E. L.
Call Number: Microfilm 1509 Reel 10 Item 4

Salt Lake City directory, including a business directory, of Provo, Springville, and Ogden, Utah Territory 1867 - Owens, George
Call Number: Microfilm 1509 Reel 10 Item 3

Springfield and vicinity blue book; cross reference directory
Call Number: F 74 S8 A17 + 1974

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