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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 the business address are both mentioned. When a husband has died, the widow is often listed as "widow of . . . ." Directories can sometimes help when you search census records to determine in which ward the family lived for a particular time in a big city. Directories sometimes have maps and addresses of churches, cemeteries, courthouses, and other important locations.  
 
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 the business address are both mentioned. When a husband has died, the widow is often listed as "widow of . . . ." Directories can sometimes help when you search census records to determine in which ward the family lived for a particular time in a big city. Directories sometimes have maps and addresses of churches, cemeteries, courthouses, and other important locations.  
  
*Polk, R.L. and Company. ''Northwestern Gazetteer, Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Montana Gazetteer and Business Directory''. St. Paul, Minnesota: Polk, 1914. (Family History Library {{FHL|142321|title-id|disp=microfilm 1321220-21}}.) The first part of the directory covers [[Minnesota]] and lists residences of people, often with their occupation. It also serves as a gazetteer for the time. It lists population, churches and commercial buildings, newspapers, and where land was located and the price for which it was selling.
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*Polk, R.L. and Company. ''Northwestern Gazetteer, Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Montana Gazetteer and Business Directory''. St. Paul, Minnesota: Polk, 1914. (Family History Library {{FHL|142321|title-id|disp=microfilm 1321220-21}}.) The first part of the directory covers Minnesota and lists residences of people, often with their occupation. It also serves as a gazetteer for the time. It lists population, churches and commercial buildings, newspapers, and where land was located and the price for which it was selling.
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The Family History Library and the Minnesota Historical Society Library have incomplete collections of directories from throughout Minnesota. Many were published as county directories, listing inhabitants of major towns in the county. Rural directories collected information on farmers, dairymen, and other rural residents.
  
 
=== Resources for Minnesota Directories ===
 
=== Resources for Minnesota Directories ===
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==== Directories Online ====  
 
==== Directories Online ====  
  
 
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*Fold3.com ($) has [http://www.fold3.com/title_647/city_directories_minneapolis Minneapolis City Directories 1865-1923] (4 yrs. missing) available online.
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*Fold3.com ($) has [http://www.fold3.com/title_665/city_directories_st_paul St. Paul City Directories 1863-1924] (4 yrs. missing) available online.
  
 
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<br>The Family History Library and the Minnesota Historical Society Library have incomplete collections of directories from throughout Minnesota. Many were published as county directories, listing inhabitants of major towns in the county. Rural directories collected information on farmers, dairymen, and other rural residents.
 
  
 
Directories are listed in the [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Family_History_Library_Catalog_Place_Search Place Search] of the Family History Library Catalog under:  
 
Directories are listed in the [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Family_History_Library_Catalog_Place_Search Place Search] of the Family History Library Catalog under:  
 
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:MINNESOTA, [COUNTY] – DIRECTORIES  
MINNESOTA, [COUNTY] – DIRECTORIES  
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:MINNESOTA, [COUNTY], [CITY] – DIRECTORIES  
 
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=== Web Sites  ===
 
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*For a statewide City Directory database search see the [http://www.dalbydata.com/user.php?action=citydirsearch Dalby Database.]  
 
*For a statewide City Directory database search see the [http://www.dalbydata.com/user.php?action=citydirsearch Dalby Database.]  
 
*[http://www.uscitydirectories.com/mn.htm US City Directories] This web site identifies printed, microfilmed, and online directories and their repositories.
 
*[http://www.uscitydirectories.com/mn.htm US City Directories] This web site identifies printed, microfilmed, and online directories and their repositories.
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[[Category:Minnesota|Directories]] [[Category:Record_Types_of_the_United_States]]
 
[[Category:Minnesota|Directories]] [[Category:Record_Types_of_the_United_States]]

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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 the business address are both mentioned. When a husband has died, the widow is often listed as "widow of . . . ." Directories can sometimes help when you search census records to determine in which ward the family lived for a particular time in a big city. Directories sometimes have maps and addresses of churches, cemeteries, courthouses, and other important locations.

  • Polk, R.L. and Company. Northwestern Gazetteer, Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Montana Gazetteer and Business Directory. St. Paul, Minnesota: Polk, 1914. (Family History Library microfilm 1321220-21.) The first part of the directory covers Minnesota and lists residences of people, often with their occupation. It also serves as a gazetteer for the time. It lists population, churches and commercial buildings, newspapers, and where land was located and the price for which it was selling.


The Family History Library and the Minnesota Historical Society Library have incomplete collections of directories from throughout Minnesota. Many were published as county directories, listing inhabitants of major towns in the county. Rural directories collected information on farmers, dairymen, and other rural residents.

Contents

Resources for Minnesota Directories

Libraries and Archives

Directories Online

The Family History Library

The following are at the Family History Library:

St. Paul

1856–1859 Family History Library microfiche 6044463–65
1863–1935 beginning with Family History Library microfilm 13770507

Minneapolis

1865–1935 beginning with Family History Library microfilm 1377061

Directories are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

MINNESOTA, [COUNTY] – DIRECTORIES
MINNESOTA, [COUNTY], [CITY] – DIRECTORIES

Web Sites

  • For a statewide City Directory database search see the Dalby Database.
  • US City Directories This web site identifies printed, microfilmed, and online directories and their repositories.