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Local Directories

Rochester City Directories

Frequently Asked Questions about city directories - answers some common user questions.

The Rochester City Directory collection is housed in the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. The collection consists of the original bound volumes beginning with the year 1827. The library also owns the fifteen-volume set of the Rochester House Directory, a supplement to the city directories. Many of the City Directory and House Directory volumes are extremely fragile, resulting in limited availability to the public.

The house directories cover the years from 1892 to 1920 and list the occupants of city houses according to street address. These can be found by clicking on the supplement link which is listed along with the relevant year. If a year is not listed, no directory exists for that year. Also, beginning with 1922, the information given in the house directories was included at the back of the main city directories.

 

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1820s 1830s 1840s 1850s
1860s 1870s 1880s 1890s
1900s 1910s 1920s/1930 1940

 

Local General and Business Directories

The various local general and business directories have more information on the towns and villages of Monroe and surrounding counties than the Rochester City Directories do. If your search takes you to these areas, these directories may be of use to you.

To view the directories, your web browser will need the free Adobe Reader® plug-in. If you don't already have this installed, you can download a free copy from Adobe®.

Each of the directories has optical character recognition (OCR) capability, so you can click on a hyperlinked title and use Adobe Reader’s® search feature to find information quickly. The tables are sorted by area or topic, then date, then title.

 

Area Date Title and Publisher
Fairport 1913 City Directory of Fairport, N. Y.
Compiled by Claud M. Lumbard and Edgar Ray Bills. [Fairport, N.Y.?: Fairport Herald Press]
Livingston County 1868 New Gazetteer and Business Directory for Livingston County, N.Y. for 1868.
Compiled and published by G. Emmet Stetson. Geneva, N.Y. : R.L. Adams.
Monroe County 1869 Gazetteer and Business Directory of Monroe County, N.Y., for 1869-70.
Syracuse, Printed at the Journal office.
Monroe County 1918 The Farm Journal Illustrated Rural Directory of Monroe County, New York.
Philadelphia : Wilmer Atkinson.
Monroe County 1940 1940 Suburban Directory
Monroe County and Rochester 1863 Boyd's Rochester Directory.
Rochester, N.Y. : A. Boyd.
Monroe County and Rochester 1864 Boyd's Rochester and Brockport Directory.
Rochester, N.Y. : A. Boyd.
Contains information of Monroe County farmers.
Monroe County and Rochester 1875 Rochester City and Monroe County Business Directory for 1875-1876.
Rochester, N.Y.: M. L. Flynn.
Monroe County and Rochester 1884 Monroe County Directory, 1884.
Rochester, N.Y. : E. Darrow, & Co.
Monroe County and Rochester 1885 The Rochester Business Directory and Monroe County Directory... No. I.
Rochester, N.Y. : Drew, Allis.
Monroe County and Rochester 1887 Rochester, N.Y., Business Directory with Map of the City.
New York, N.Y. : Joseph Rippey & Co.
Monroe County and Rochester 1890 The Rochester Business Directory and Monroe County Directory... No. II.
Rochester, N.Y. : Drew, Allis
Monroe County and Rochester 1892 The Rochester Business Directory and Monroe County Directory... No. III.
Rochester, N.Y. : Drew, Allis
Monroe County and Rochester 1894 The Rochester Business Directory and Monroe County Directory... No. IV.
Rochester, N.Y. : Drew, Allis.
Monroe County and Rochester 1896 The Rochester Business Directory and Monroe County Directory... No. V.
Rochester, N.Y. : Drew, Allis
Ontario County 1870 Ontario County Directory for 1870, Containing the Names of the Inhabitants of Canandaigua, Geneva, and Phelps, Together with a Business Directory of Ontario County. Compiled by J.W. Lant. Canandaigua, N. Y.
Pittsford 1934 The Pittsford Directory for Year Ending 1934.
[Pittsford, N.Y.] : Rayson Miller Post 899.
Pittsford 1937 The Pittsford Directory for Year Ending 1937.
[Pittsford, N.Y.] : Rayson Miller Post 899.

 

 

Topic Date Title and Publisher
Rochester Businesses, African-American 1939 City Directory of Negro Business and Progress.
Rochester, N.Y. : Howard W. Coles.
Rochester Businesses, General 1916 Rochester [N.Y.], the City of Varied Industries : Directory of Manufacturers.
Rochester Chamber of Commerce.





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