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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

City and business directories of the United States through 1860.
Call Number: Microfiche 19

ALABAMA
Greene County: 1855-1856
Mobile: 1837, 1838-1839, 1842, 1844, 1855-1856, 1858-1859

CALIFORNIA
Marysville: 1853, 1855-1856, 1858
Nevada City: 1856
Sacramento: 1851, 1853-1860
San Francisco: 1850 (February, March, May, June, July, September), 1852 (September), 1852 (October), 1852-1853, 1854, 1856, 1856-1857, 1858, 1859, 1859-1860, 1860, 1860-1861
Stockton: 1852, 1856
Tuolumne County: 1856

COLORADO
Denver: 1859

CONNECTICUT
Regional: 1849, 1851, 1856, 1857-1858
Bridgeport: 1855-1858
Hartford: 1799 (Business men), 1799 (City Directory), 1825, 1828, 1838-1861
New Haven: 1840-1861
New London: 1855-1856, 1859-1860
Norwich: 1846, 1857, 1860

DELAWARE
Regional: 1859-1860
Wilmington: 1814, 1845, 1853, 1857

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington: 1822, 1827, 1830, 1834, 1843, 1846, 1850, 1853, 1855, 1858, 1860

GEORGIA
Regional: 1850
Atlanta: 1859-1860
Augusta : 1841, 1859
Columbus: 1859-1860
Savannah: 1848, 1849-1850, 1858-1860

ILLINOIS
Regional: 1847, 1854-1855, 1855-1856, 1858-1859, 1860
Alton: 1858
Belleville: 1860
Bureau County: 1858-1859
Chicago: 1839, 1843, 1844, 1845-1861
Galena: 1854, 1855-1856, 1858-1859
Kane County: 1857, 1859-1860
Moline: 1855-1856, 1858-1859
Peoria: 1844, 1850, 1856-1860
Quincy: 1855-1860
Randolph County: 1859
Rockford: 1857, 1859-1860
Rock Island: 1855-1859
Springfield: 1855, 1857, 1859-1860
Will County: 1859-1860

INDIANA
Regional: 1858-1859, 1860-1861
Evansville: 1858, 1860-1861
Fort Wayne: 1858-1859, 1860-1861
Indianapolis: 1855, 1857, 1859, 1860-1861 (Sutherland), 1860-1861
Jefferson County: 1859
Lafayette: 1858-1859
Lawrenceburg: 1859-1860
Logansport: 1859-1860
Madison: 1859-1860
New Albany: 1856-1857, 1859-1860
Richmond: 1857, 1860-1861
Shelbyville: 1860-1861
Terre Haute: 1858, 1860

IOWA
Regional: 1846
Burlington: 1856, 1859
Davenport: 1855-1860
Dubuque: 1856-1859
Henry County: 1859-1860
Iowa City: 1857
Keokuk: 1854, 1856-1857, 1859-1860
Muscatine: 1856, 1859-1860

KANSAS
Atchison: 1859-1861
Leavenworth: 1860-1861

KENTUCKY
Regional: 1859-1860
Lexington: 1806, 1818, 1838-1839, 1859-1860
Louisville: 1832, 1836, 1838-1839, 1841, 1843-1846, 1848-1852, 1855-1856, 1858-1860

LOUISIANA
New Orleans: 1805, 1807, 1808, 1809, 1811, 1822-1824, 1832, 1834, 1838, 1841-1843, 1846, 1849-1861

MAINE
Regional: 1849, 1855, 1856
Bangor: 1834, 1843, 1846, 1848, 1851, 1855, 1859
Biddeford: 1856-1857
Portland: 1823, 1827, 1830-1831, 1834, 1837, 1841, 1844, 1846-1848, 1850-1851, 1852-1853, 1856-1857, 1858-1859,1860
Saco: 1849

MARYLAND
Baltimore: 1752, 1796, 1799-1808, 1810, 1812, 1814-1815, 1816, 1817-1819, 1822-1823, 1824, 1827, 1829, 1831, 1833, 1835-1836, 1837-1838, 1840-1841, 1842 (Craig's), 1842 (Matchett's), 1843, 1845, 1847-1848, 1849-1850, 1851, 1853-1857, 1858-1859, 1860
Frederick: 1859-1860

MASSACHUSETTS
Regional: 1835, 1849, 1850-1851,1852, 1853, 1854, 1855, 1856, 1857, 1858,1859
Boston: 1789, 1796, 1798, 1800, 1803, 1805, 1806, 1807, 1809-1810, 1813, 1816, 1818, 1820, 1821, 1822, 1823, 1825, 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833, 1834, 1835, 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, 1843, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1848, 1849-1850, 1851, 1852, 1853, 1854, 1855, 1856, 1857, 1858, 1859, 1860, 1860-1861
Brighton: 1850
Cambridge: 1847-1854, 1856-1857, 1859-1860
Charlestown: 1831, 1834, 1836, 1838, 1840, 1842, 1845, 1848, 1850, 1852, 1854, 1856, 1858, 1860
Chelsea: 1847-1848, 1850, 1852, 1854, 1856, 1858, 1860
Clinton: 1856
Dorchester: 1850
East Boston: 1848-1849, 1852
Fall River: 1853, 1855, 1857, 1859
Fitchburg: 1847-1851, 1853-1860
Gloucester: 1860
Haverhill: 1853, 1857, 1859-1861
Lawrence: 1847-1848, 1850-1851, 1853-1855, 1857, 1859-1861
Lowell: 1832, 1833, 1834, 1835, 1836, 1836 Supplement, 1837, 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, 1844, 1845, 1847, 1849, 1851, 1853, 1855, 1858, 1859,1860
Lunenburg: 1834
Lynn: 1832, 1841, 1851, 1854, 1856, 1858, 1860
Medford: 1849
Milford: 1856
New Bedford: 1836, 1838, 1839, 1841, 1845, 1849, 1852, 1856, 1859
Newburyport: 1849-1858, 1860
Pittsfield: 1859-1860
Plymouth: 1846, 1860
Roxbury: 1847-1850, 1852, 1854, 1856, 1858, 1860
Salem: 1837, 1842, 1846, 1850, 1851, 1853, 1855, 1857, 1859
Somerville: 1851
South Boston: 1852
Southbridge: 1854
Springfield: 1845-1849, 1851-1861
Taunton: 1850, 1855, 1857, 1859
Worcester: 1828-1829, 1842-1843, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1848, 1849, 1850, 1851, 1851, 1853, 1854, 1855, 1856, 1857, 1858, 1859, 1860

MICHIGAN
Regional: 1856, 1860
Detroit: 1837, 1845, 1846, 1850-1851, 1852-1853, 1854-1861
Grand Rapids: 1856, 1859-1860

MINNESOTA
St. Anthony: 1859-1860
St. Paul: 1856-1859

MISSISSIPPI
Regional: 1844
Jackson: 1860
Vicksburg: 1860

MISSOURI
Regional: 1860
Kansas City: 1859-1861
St. Louis: 1821, 1836-1842, 1845, 1847-1848, 1850-1855, 1857-1860

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Regional: 1849
Concord: 1830, 1834, 1844, 1848, 1850, 1853-1854, 1856, 1860-1861
Dover: 1830, 1833, 1837-1838, 1843, 1846, 1848, 1859
Great Falls: 1848
Keene: 1827, 1830-1831
Manchester: 1844, 1846, 1848, 1850, 1852, 1854, 1856, 1858, 1860
Nashua: 1841, 1843, 1845, 1850, 1853, 1856-1858
New Ipswich: 1858
Peterborough: 1830
Portsmouth: 1817, 1821, 1827, 1834, 1839-1840, 1850-1851, 1856-1857, 1860-1861

NEW JERSEY
Regional: 1850-1851
Camden: 1860
Essex County: 1859
Jersey City: 1849-1850, 1852-1861
Newark: 1835-1836, 1837-1838, 1838-1839, 1840-1850, 1851-1852, 1853-1861
New Brunswick: 1855-1856
Paterson: 1855-1857, 1859-1861
Trenton: 1844-1845, 1854-1855, 1857, 1859

NEW YORK
Regional: 1842-1843, 1850-1851, 1859
Albany: 1813-1857, 1858, 1859, 1860
Auburn: 1857-1860
Binghamton: 1857-1860
Brooklyn: 1822-1826, 1829-1861
Buffalo: 1828, 1832, 1835-1844, 1847-1854, 1855, 1856-1858, 1859, 1860
Elmira: 1857, 1860
Geneva: 1857-1858
Greenpoint: 1854
Hudson: 1851-1853, 1856-1857
Kingston: 1857-1858
Middletown: 1857-1858
Morrisania: 1853
Newburgh: 1856-1861
New York City: 1665, 1786, 1786 (reprint 1874), 1787, 1789-1824, 1825, 1826-1834, 1834 (As it is), 1835-1837, 1837 (As it is), 1838, 1839, 1840-1850, 1850 (Darling), 1850 (Mercantile Union), 1851-1861
Ogdensburg: 1857
Oswego: 1852-1855, 1857, 1859
Poughkeepsie: 1843-1846, 1848-1857, 1859-1861
Rochester: 1827, 1834, 1838, 1841, 1844-1859
Rome: 1857-1860
Schenectady: 1841-1842, 1857-1858, 1860-1861
Syracuse: 1844, 1851-1860
Troy: 1829-1861
Utica: 1817, 1828-1829, 1832-1834, 1837-1861
Watertown: 1840, 1855
Westchester County: 1860-1861
Williamsburg: 1847-1854
Yonkers: 1859-1860

OHIO
Regional: 1853-1854, 1857, 1859-1861
Akron: 1859-1860
Chillicothe: 1855-1856, 1858-1861
Cincinnati: 1819, 1825, 1829, 1831, 1834, 1836-1837, 1840, 1842-1843, 1846, 1848-1853, 1855-1860
Circleville: 1859
Cleveland: 1837-1838, 1845-1853, 1856-1858, 1859-1860
Columbus: 1843-1846, 1848, 1850-1851, 1855-1862
Dayton: 1850, 1856-1861
Delaware: 1859-1860
Hamilton: 1858-1859
Mansfield: 1858-1859
Marietta: 1860-1861
Mt. Vernon: 1858-1859
Portsmouth: 1858-1859
Sandusky: 1855, 1858
Springfield: 1852, 1859-1860
Steubenville: 1856-1857
Toledo: 1858, 1860
Zanesville: 1851, 1856, 1860-1861

PENNSYLVANIA
Regional: 1844, 1854, 1860
Chester: 1859-1860
Erie: 1853-1855, 1857-1860
Erie County: 1859-1860
Harrisburg: 1839, 1842-1843, 1845
Lancaster: 1843, 1857
Lancaster County: 1859-1860
Monongahela Valley: 1859
Norristown: 1860-1861
Philadelphia: 1785,  1785 (White), 1791, 1793, 1794, 1795, 1796, 1796 (Stephens's), 1797, 1798, 1799, 1800, 1800 (Stafford), 1801, 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808, 1809, 1810, 1811, 1813, 1814, 1816, 1817, 1817 (Robinson's),  1818, 1819, 1820, 1821, 1822, 1823, 1824, 1825, 1828, 1829, 1830, 1831, 1833, 1833 (Desilver's), 1834, 1835-1836, 1837, 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, 1843, 1844, 1844 (McElroy's), 1845,  1846, 1847, 1848, , 1849,  1850, 1851, 1851 (McElroy's), 1852,  1853, 1854, 1855, 1856,  1856-1857,  1857, 1858, 1859, 1860-1861
Pittsburgh: 1760-1761, 1813, 1815, 1819, 1826, 1837, 1839, 1841, 1844, 1847, 1850, 1852, 1854, 1856-1860
Reading: 1806, 1856-1857, 1860
West Chester: 1857

RHODE ISLAND
Regional: 1849
Newport: 1856-1858
Pawtucket: 1857-1858
Providence: 1824, 1826, 1828, 1830-1832, 1836-1838, 1841-1860

SOUTH CAROLINA
Camden: 1816-1824
Charleston: 1782, 1785, 1790, 1794, 1801-1803, 1806-1807, 1809, 1813, 1816, 1819, 1822, 1824, 1829, 1831, 1835-1838, 1840-1841, 1849, 1852, 1855-1856, 1859-1860
Columbia: 1859-1860

TENNESSEE
Regional: 1860-1861
Clarksville: 1859-1860
Memphis: 1849, 1855-1857, 1859-1860
Nashville: 1853, 1855-1856, 1857, 1859-1860, 1860-1861

TEXAS
Austin: 1857
Galveston: 1856-1857, 1859-1860

VERMONT
Regional: 1849, 1855-1860

VIRGINIA
Regional: 1852
Norfolk: 1801, 1806-1807, 1851-1852, 1859-1860
Petersburg: 1859
Richmond: 1819, 1845-1846, 1850-1852, 1855-1856, 1858-1860
Wythe County: 1857

WEST VIRGINIA
Wheeling: 1839, 1851

WISCONSIN
Regional: 1857-1859
Beloit: 1858
Fond du Lac: 1857-1858
Janesville: 1858-1860
Kenosha: 1858
Madison: 1851, 1855, 1858-1859
Milwaukee: 1847-1849, 1851-1852, 1854-1861
Mineral Point: 1859
Oshkosh: 1857
Racine: 1850, 1858-1859
Rock County: 1857-1858
Waukesha: 1858
Whitewater: 1858

REGIONAL
The East: 1846
New England: 1849, 1856, 1860
The South: 1854
The West: 1837
Western Reserve: 1852

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