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City Directories

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City directories are important sources of historical and genealogical information, particularly for documenting the history of a house or business in Fort Worth. They contain alphabetical listings of inhabitants of a given city for a given year. Some city directories, in addition to an alphabetical listing of the streets, may also include a street directory. Street directories show the house numbers for the street and then show the name of the person living in that house.In the main alphabetical listing of inhabitants, entries will usually include the name of the head of the household, his or her occupation, the address of where he or she worked, and the address of the residence.

The Fort Worth directories from 1877 - 1926 are on microfiche. Those from 1927 - 1994 are in the History Reference Section. The Fort Worth criss-cross publications date from 1930 to present. The Arlington and Suburban criss-cross directories date from the 1960s.

Researchers may not photocopy material from the Cole’s directories (specifically) due to publisher’s restrictions.

Researchers must come in to use the current materials. A photo ID or library card is required to use the most current directory, which is kept at the Service Desk C. The Library takes phone, e-mail, and mail requests to look up information in directories that are older then 10 years. There is a limit of 3 look-ups per request.

We are always interested in receiving donations of directories for Fort Worth and area cities. Please contact us if you have copies you'd like to donate to the Library.

Arkansas

Fort Smith 1911, 1930
Helena 1909, 1911-12, 1917, 1929, 1930
Little Rock 1929-31, 1934-35
Pine Bluff 1927, 1929, 1931

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Louisiana

Alexandria 1929-31, 1934-35
Baton Rouge 1929. 1931, 1934
Lake Charles 1927-31, 1934
Monroe 1912-14, 1920-21, 1929-30, 1933-34
New Orleans 1930-33
Shreveport 1928-32

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Texas

Amarillo 1929-31
Arlington 1960-61, 1963-64, 1966-67, 1969-79, 1981-82, 1984-88
Austin 1930-33, 1935
Big Spring 1929, 1930-31, 1934-35
Brownwood 1909, 1911, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1925, 1928-31
Corsicana 1924, 1926, 1928, 1931
Dallas 1875-1960
Denison 1921, 1925, 1927-29, 1934
El Dorado 1927-30, 1935
El Paso 1929-30
Fort Worth 1876-79, 1884-90, 1892-97, 1899-1914, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1922-32, 1935-41, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949-65, 1967-79, 1981-82, 1985, 1987-89, 1991, 1994, 1998
Fort Worth Suburban 1958-59, 1961-64, 1969, 1971-76, 1978-79, 1981-82, 1985, 1987-88, 1990-91, 1993
Galveston 1930, 1932-35
Houston 1929-31
Lubbock 1910-1911, 1926, 1929-31
Marshall 1912-14, 1932-33
Pampa 1929-31, 1933-35
Port Arthur 1929, 1931, 1933
San Angelo 1927-31, 1934
San Antonio 1929-30
Sherman 1928-31, 1935
Texarkana 1927-31, 1934
Tyler 1930, 1932-35
Waco 1930, 1932-34
Wichita Falls 1929-31

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Updated 26 June 2014


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