Maryland Directories

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== Record Coverage/Introduction/Content  ==
  
== Record Coverage/Introduction/Content ==
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Directories are alphabetical lists of names and addresses. They are usually published yearly. Directories may list the following information.
  
Directories are alphabetical lists of names and addresses. They are usually published&nbsp;yearly and may include an individual's name, address, occupation and spouse's name.&nbsp;&nbsp;Directories may&nbsp;include maps, addresses of churches, cemeteries, courthouses and businesses.  
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*Names of inhabitants (listed alphabetically).
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*Address and occupation.
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*Spouse's name.
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*A street address listing (arranged by address, name, and occupation).
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*Widows, working women, and adult children at home.
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*Ward maps.
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*Street locator, including cross streets.
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*Street name changes.
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*Removals (a list of local people who moved away. Sometimes their destinations are listed as well).
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*Businesses (and index to advertisers).
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*Churches, schools, funeral homes, cemeteries, post offices, courts, hospitals, benevolent associations, and newspapers.
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*Many early directories listed only businesspeople.
  
 
== Why Use Directories  ==
 
== Why Use Directories  ==
  
*Learn the exact years your ancestor inhabited a place.
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*Learn the exact years your ancestor inhabited a place.  
*Locate ancestor in a census that hasn’t been indexed (esp. state census).
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*Locate ancestor in a census that hasn’t been indexed (esp. state census).  
*Estimate year of immigration.
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*Estimate year of immigration.  
*Learn occupation and employer as identifiers.
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*Learn occupation and employer as identifiers.  
 
*Find other family members.
 
*Find other family members.
  
== How to Search Directories ==
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== How to Search Directories ==
  
== Before Searching You Must Know ==
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== Before Searching You Must Know ==
  
City, County or State of residence. Find through sesarching census records.
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City, County or State of residence. Find through sesarching census records.  
  
== What to do Next ==
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== What to do Next ==
  
== Availablity of Directories ==
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== Availablity of Directories ==
  
 
Local public and&nbsp;university libraries,&nbsp;historical and genealogical socities and state archives&nbsp;generally have historic directories.&nbsp; The Library of Congress has the largest collection of city and county directories.  
 
Local public and&nbsp;university libraries,&nbsp;historical and genealogical socities and state archives&nbsp;generally have historic directories.&nbsp; The Library of Congress has the largest collection of city and county directories.  
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'''Search these online site for Maryland directories'''.  
 
'''Search these online site for Maryland directories'''.  

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Contents

Record Coverage/Introduction/Content

Directories are alphabetical lists of names and addresses. They are usually published yearly. Directories may list the following information.

  • Names of inhabitants (listed alphabetically).
  • Address and occupation.
  • Spouse's name.
  • A street address listing (arranged by address, name, and occupation).
  • Widows, working women, and adult children at home.
  • Ward maps.
  • Street locator, including cross streets.
  • Street name changes.
  • Removals (a list of local people who moved away. Sometimes their destinations are listed as well).
  • Businesses (and index to advertisers).
  • Churches, schools, funeral homes, cemeteries, post offices, courts, hospitals, benevolent associations, and newspapers.
  • Many early directories listed only businesspeople.

Why Use Directories

  • Learn the exact years your ancestor inhabited a place.
  • Locate ancestor in a census that hasn’t been indexed (esp. state census).
  • Estimate year of immigration.
  • Learn occupation and employer as identifiers.
  • Find other family members.

How to Search Directories

Before Searching You Must Know

City, County or State of residence. Find through sesarching census records.

What to do Next

Availablity of Directories

Local public and university libraries, historical and genealogical socities and state archives generally have historic directories.  The Library of Congress has the largest collection of city and county directories.

Directories have been published for major cities in Maryland. For example, the Family History Library has the following Baltimore directories:

1752, 1796-1860 Family History Library fiche 6043563-601
1863-1930 Family History Library films 1376528-56 & 1605845-71
1914 Family History Library film 1697549 item 1
1940, 1956 Family History Library book Q 975.271/B1 E4p


Online Sources

Search these online site for Maryland directories.


The Enoch Pratt Free Library at http://www.prattlibrary.org/, the Maryland Historical Society at http://www.mdhs.org/, and the Maryland State Archives http://www.msa.md.gov/  have large collections of Maryland city directories. Local public libraries and county and city historical and genealogical societies are another good source of city directories, especially for small towns and cities.

Find directories in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under MARYLAND, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - DIRECTORIES.