North Carolina Directories
City and county directories are similar to present-day telephone books and are useful for locating people. They were often published annually, listing heads of households, employed household members, and their occupations, and addresses. They can be used with census records or as substitutes for them.
City directories have been published for some cities in North Carolina. Many of these are located in local libraries in the state.
Libraries and Archives
Directories Available Online
Ancestry.com ($) has North Carolina city directories available online in its U.S. City Directories collection.
The following North Carolina state-wide directories are available online:
- Branson's Business Directories -- 1867/1868, 1869, 1872, 1890, 1896
- North Carolina Yearbook & Business Directory -1901 | 1902 | 1903 | 1904 | 1905 | 1906 | 1907 | 1908 | 1909 | 1910 | 1911 | 1912 | 1913 | 1914 | 1915 | 1916 | 1922 | 1923
Family History Library
The Family History Library has directories to some cities such as Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Durham. Directories can be found in the Family History Library by using a Place Search under:
NORTH CAROLINA - DIRECTORIES
NORTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY] - DIRECTORIES
NORTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- DIRECTORIES
- US City Directories This web site identifies printed, microfilmed, and online directories and their repositories.