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Directories are alphabetical lists of names and addresses. City directories can help you learn where an ancestor lived. The person’s occupation is frequently given. Often the home address and business address are both mentioned. When a husband dies, many times the widow is listed as "widow of...."

Directories can help you determine which jurisdictional ward the family lived in if you are searching census records for a particular time period in a big city. Directories sometimes have maps and addresses of churches, cemeteries, courthouses, and other important locations.

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Libraries and Archives[edit | edit source]

The New Hampshire Historical Society has an excellent collection of city directories. For the address, see New Hampshire Societies.

Public libraries often have city directories for their areas. College and university libraries often have larger collections of city directories. For lists of these libraries with contact information, see and

The Portsmouth Public Library has a complete run of Portsmouth City Directories beginning in 1821.
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 766-1723

Directories Online[edit | edit source] ($) has New Hampshire directories available online in its U.S. City Directories collection.

The Family History Library[edit | edit source]

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


1834, 1844, 1848, 1850, 1856, 1860/61 Family History Library microfilm 6043838-6043844

1902-1935 Family History Library microfilm 1759667-1759673


1901–1935 Family History Library microfilm 1843989-1843994


1844–1860 Family History Library microfilm 6044088-6044096

1864-1898 Family History Library microfilm 1377025-1377031

1902-1935 Family History Library microfilm 1611729-1611739

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


Websites[edit | edit source]

  • US City Directories This web site identifies printed, microfilmed, and online directories and their repositories.