California Directories

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History[edit | edit source]

Directories of heads of households were published for major cities of California.

Resources for Directories[edit | edit source]

Libraries and Archives[edit | edit source]

  • The Los Angeles Public Library has the following with a few small gaps in the years available.  The 1872 directory is a combination city-county one.
1872-1942 Los Angeles Public Library microfilm
1873-1942 Los Angeles Public Library books

1929,1936,1938, 1939,1942

Los Angeles Public Library digital images www.lapl.org/resources/en/

Directories Online[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has city directories for various years from throughout the state of California including:

Los Angeles

1873-1935 Family History Library films 1376980
1910, 1942, etc. Family History Library book 979.493 E4LL

San Francisco

1850-1861 Family History Library fiche 6044468-83
1861/62-1934 Family History Library films 1377422
1910, 1936, etc. Family History Library films 1321020,
1935, 1945-46, 1961,1962 Family History Library films 1321020

To find directories, consult the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:

CALIFORNIA, [COUNTY] — DIRECTORIES
CALIFORNIA, [COUNTY], [TOWN] — DIRECTORIES

Websites[edit | edit source]