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Canadian City Directories to 1899

The Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions has created a series of microfiche format editions of various city directories. Below is the list of directories for the Ottawa area prior to 1900. The geographical scope and content of the directories varies from year to year due to changing publishers, population size and styles. In general you can expect to see a listing by street as well as an alphabetical listing by name. It is important to check both listings since information in one part of the directory may not be as complete as the other.

The directories are very helpful in establishing between-census locations of individuals and their occupations. They are also useful in establishing civic addresses as a first step in land record searches as well. Ancestors who held a trade or ran a business may have placed advertisements in the directories, and the annual editions tended to include membership in various social and benevolent organizations as well as civil service lists of varying completeness. Occasional years also contain assessment roll information for property holders.

The CIHM microfiche can be found in a number of  instituions who have subscribed to the project, including many university libraries and some public libraries and archives. Sixty-six libraries in nine countries now own part or all of the CIHM Early Canadiana collection, including thirty-six Canadian institutions  To find a CIHM collection near you click here. An overview to the relevant pubications is available in the CIHM publication Genealogy and Local History to 1900

Please note that the National Library of Canada and National Archives of Canada have undertaken a trial project to scan a sample of 15 Canadian directories from the 19th Century. These directories can be searched by keyword online at www.nlc-bnc.ca/canadiandirectories/index-e.html.


 

Montreal City Directories 1842-1899


Year MF # Year MF #
 1842/43   36990   1877/78   37054 
1843/44 36991 1878/79 37055
1844/45 36992 1879/80 38828
1845/46 37694 1880/81 38834
1848 37697 1881/82 37056
1849 38342 1882/83 37057
1850 38393 1883/84 37058
1852 40888 1884/85 37059
1853 37699 1885/86 37060
1854 36994 1886/87 37061
1855 37700 1887/88 37062
1856/57 38834 1888/89 37063
1861/62 36985 1889/90 37064
1864/65 36987 1890/91 37065
1865/66 36988 1891/92 37066
1866/67 36989 1892/93 37067
1868/69 36995 1893/94 37068
1869/70 36996 1894/95 37069
1871/72 37001 1895/96 37070
1872/73 36999 1896/97 37071
1873/74 37000 1897/98 37072
1875/76 37052 1898/99 37073
1876/77 37053    

 
 

Ottawa City Directories 1863-1899


Year MF # Year MF # Year MF #
1863 A00442 1881 A00289 1890/91 A00290
1864/65 A00860 1882 A00289 1891/92 46787
1866 46712 1883 A00289 1892/93 46788
1868 A01050 1884 A00290, A00310 1893/94 46789
1869/70 A01050 1885 A00290 1894/95 46790
1870/71 A00129 1886 A00290 1895/96 46791
1872/73 A00309 1887 A00290 1896/97 46792, A01053
1873/74 A00308 1888 A00290, A00834 1897/98 46793
1874/75 A00798 1889 A00290 1898/99 46794
1875 A00719, 46777
1875/76 03714

 

Last Updated on 05/03/2004
By Wes Cross