Early directories can be useful in locating individuals, tracing their moves, and providing the location of legal descriptions of lands owned by settlers. For Winnipeg, the directories run from 1876 to the present. There are directories for other areas of the province for the period from about 1880 to the present. These are all available at the Provincial Archives.
Many Manitoba directories up to and including 1900 are available on microfiche:
- Pre-1900 Canadian Directories. Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Institute for Historical Micro-reproductions, 1988. (Family History Library book 971 E43p; fiche beginning with 6360453. Fiche do not circulate to Family History Centers.)