2018 by Donald R. Snow
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ABSTRACT: Directories include telephone books, city directories, church directories, and trade and occupation directories, and lots of other things. Yearbooks are mostly from schools, universities, and the military. Many directories and yearbooks have been published, either as a service or else to make a profit, and many are now being scanned and posted on the Internet. Lots of them are on free websites such as schools posting their old yearbooks or at least links to where they are posted. This class will discuss and show how to find these and the kinds of things they contain. Besides showing that the person was there at the time, they usually provide information to fill out the story of the person's life. If you have old yearbooks or directories yourself, there are websites that are collecting and scanning them to post on the Internet The notes for this class and related articles, all with active Internet links, are posted on my website . The notes for this class and related articles, all with active Internet links, are posted on my website .


  1. Instructor is Donald R. Snow ( ) of Provo and St. George, Utah.
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  4. This class will discuss directories and yearbooks and how to find and use them in family history. 


  5. Directories are lists of people, businesses, etc., and are usually alphabetical by name or street, or are chronological.  They include telephone directories, city directories, online people directories, trade, guild, and occupation directories, church directories, and more.
  6. Yearbooks are made to remember a particular class or event and include school yearbooks, especially high school and college, church, and military.
  7. LDS wards and stakes frequently produce directories and photo directories for their members-- local libraries may have copies
  8. Military units and ships sometimes produce yearbooks

  10. North Hollywood High School El Camino yearbooks -- do a Google search for "north hollywood high school yearbooks" -- 
  11. BYU Banyan yearbooks -- best copies are on FamilySearch Books (see below); also on Internet Archive -- -- -- can download the entire volumes as searchable pdfs 
  12. University of Utah Utonian Yearbooks -- best copies seem to be on FamilySearch Books; also Mountain West Digital Library -- -- can download them from FamilySearch, but not from U of U Marriott Lib 
  13. University of Southern California Dental School El Rodeo yearbooks -- Has information about my father, Eldon Stafford Snow   
  14. Stanford Ward 1964 Photo Directory -- was lots of work to produce, but valuable to all of us now
  15. Morningside 7th Ward Photo Directories -- produced by Leroi Nelson every year, a valuable tool and historical record  
  16. Edgemont, Edgemont South, and Edgemont North Stake Directories, Provo, Utah -- stakes produced a directory every year; have scanned all of them and donated the hardcopies to the BYU Library
  17. Who's Who, Who's Who in Science, etc. --  

  19. FamilySearch
    1. United States City Directories -- -- good article with links to directory information for each state  
    2. FamilySearch Books has 34,000 city directories and more than 9,000 yearbooks -- can download any and they are all every-word searchable -- remember to search in Books for just "city directory" or "yearbook" since the plural won't be in the title(BTW, I just found the BYU Banyans and the UofU Utonians on FamilySearch Books)
    3. FamilySearch Catalog "city directory" in title search with "utah" as keyword shows many directories for Utah cities; adding "st george" to keyword shows several of St. George in various years
    4. In FamilySearch Historical Records the directories are in the record type "Census and Lists", but most were published books, so are in FamilySearch Books, not FamilySearch Historical Records; sane for yearbooks  
  20. has major collections of directories and yearbooks --
    1. Ancestry's Support Center -- -- -- many helpful tips and articles 
    2. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 --  
    3. U.S. School Yearbooks, 1900-1990 --  
    4. Schools, Directories, and Church Histories --
  21. Finding yearbooks online --  
  22. Cyndi's List -- 
  23. Telephone directories in hard copy -- check telephone offices, public libraries, and university libraries
  24. Historical Directories for old UK directories --   
  25. Directories in England --  

  27. Try Googling [country] or [state] or {city] with "directory" to find specific directories; also try the FamilySearch Research Wiki
  28. Los Angeles California Online Historical Directories -- -- also Los Angeles City Library 1932 City Directory --   
  29. Some major publishers of directories  
    1. Polk's Directories (US) -- see history in,1607,7-160-18835_18895_20699-117864--,00.html  
    2. Gale (US and World) --  
    3. Kelly's Directories (UK) -- history of Kelly's Directory in's_Directory 
    4. Pigot's Directories (UK) -- national and county directories of people and businesses 
    5. White's Directories (UK) -- national and country directories of people and businesses  
  30. German City Directories on -- 
  31. Many links to England directories --  
  32. Growth of some U.S. cities over time -- 

  34. searches in the UK -- 
  35. Veromi -- 
  36. Zoom Info --
  37. PeekYou --
  38. --
  39. ZabaSearch -- 
  40. --
  41. --
  42. -- -- U.S., shows aerial views and gives addresses
  43. -- -- U.S., includes reverse phone number lookups
  44. Interesting information about history of telephone numbers -- 

  46. See the Historical Directories site for many trade directories for the UK -- 
  47. Using Trade Directories in Your Research -- 
  48. Crockford's Clerical Directory of Anglican Clergy --

  50. Directories and yearbooks are very useful in family history since they help identify people and add background to their lives, especially for the history of your own life.  
  51. Many directories and yearbooks are posted online on major websites and can be downloaded and/or searched for free.

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