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Wisconsin Genealogy Resources

Directories

Starting in the 1840s and continuing well into the 1900s, many cities had directories that listed people at their home addresses and often included occupational information. These are not telephone directories, but a listing of who lived or worked at a particular address in the city. Most directories were arranged two ways: alphabetically by name and by street address. These entries can answer a variety of questions such as: Who lived at a specific address? Was this the occupant, the owner, or a renter? What was their occupation? Was this a residence, a business, or were both located in the same place? In cases where occupation and titles are given, one can often see the rise or fall in the fortunes of past owners by noting changes in their occupational description from year to year.

  • 1858 Beloit Business Directory. Welcome to the 1858 Beloit Business Directory page of the Rock County Genealogy Society. Here you can view a listing of company names, business types and partners' or proprietors' names exactly as shown in the 1858 Rock Co., WI Plat Map (published by A. B. Miller and Orrin Guernsey, Janesville, 1858). Originals of this nearly 150 year old plat map are found in varying states of decay; the specific source for this index is the nearly pristine wall size plat found at the Beloit Historical Society.

  • 1858 Janesville Business Directory. Welcome to the 1858 Janesville Business Directory page of the Rock County Genealogy Society. Here you can view a listing of company names, business types and partners' or proprietors' names exactly as shown in the 1858 Rock Co., WI Plat Map (published by A. B. Miller and Orrin Guernsey, Janesville, 1858). Originals of this nearly 150 year old plat map are found in varying states of decay; the specific source for this index is the nearly pristine wall size plat found at the Beloit Historical Society.

  • Circa 1930 City Directories Available at NARA - Wisconsin  - Listing of microfilmed city directories available at the National Archives.
     
  • City directory for Fond du Lac, Wisconsin from 1926. 359 pages of directory listings, 1014 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Fond du Lac including Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin from 1948. 335 pages of directory listings, 870 pages total.
     
  • Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin 1928 City Directory
     
  • City directory for La Crosse, Wisconsin from 1932. 475 pages of directory listings, 738 pages total.
     
  • City directory for La Crosse including Onalaska, Wisconsin from 1941. 575 pages of directory listings, 671 pages total.
     
  • City directory for La Crosse including Onalaska, Wisconsin from 1948. 645 pages of directory listings, 1043 pages total.

  • Madison, Wisconsin 1911 City Directory
     
  • City directory for Manitowoc including Two Rivers and Kiel and Manitowoc County Townships, Wisconsin from 1945. 240 pages of directory listings, 882 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1932. 1637 pages of directory listings, 2498 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1949. 1331 pages of directory listings, 2396 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1952. 1266 pages of directory listings, 2178 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1955. 1290 pages of directory listings, 2250 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1957. 1474 pages of directory listings, 2448 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1958. 1520 pages of directory listings, 2340 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1959. 1581 pages of directory listings, 2397 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1961. 1792 pages of directory listings, and over 2637 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1962. 1754 pages of directory listings, and over 2801 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1964-65. 1693 pages of directory listings, and over 2704 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee, Fox Point, Glendale, Shorewood, West Milwaukee, & Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin from 1970. 1441 pages of directory listings, and over 2250 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee including Fox Point, Shorewood, West Milwaukee & Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin for 1972. 1128 pages of directory listings, and over 2090 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee including Fox Point, Shore, Wisconsin for 1974. 1164 pages of directory listings, and over 2130 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee including Fox Point, Glendale, Sherwood, West Milwaukee & Whitefish Bay , Wisconsin for 1975. 1144 pages of directory listings, and over 2130 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee including Fox Point, Glendale, Sherwood West Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin for 1976. 1132 pages of directory listings, and over 2095 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee, Fox Point, Glendale, Shorewood, West Milwaukee, & Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin from 1977. 1152 pages of directory listings, and over 2126 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Milwaukee, Fox Point, Glendale, Shorewood, West Milwaukee, & Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin from 1978. 1109 pages of directory listings, and over 2040 pages total.

  • Oshkosh, Wisconsin 1886/7 City Directory
     
  • City directory for Oshkosh, Wisconsin from 1926. 565 pages of directory listings, 882 pages total.
     
  • City directory for Oshkosh, Wisconsin from 1944. 559 pages of directory listings, 1070 pages total.
     
  • U.S. City Directories on Microfilm in the Microform Reading Room - Wisconsin  - At the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
     
  • University Of Wisconsin, Directory 1888-89 - Ancestry.com

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