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Directories of Canada

Library and Archives Canada has a lot of information about Canadian history. I recently discovered several old directories for various regions of Canada.

There is a database search for some of the files, but if you know where someone lived, it may be just easier to open the PDF's, find the index, and look in the appropriate area.

You may be asking yourself what value the directories have. Well, you can usually find out the actual address of the person you are seeking, and lists of neighbours, possibly a future spouse or in-law who lived nearby. Sometimes the type of work that the person did is listed too. By comparing directories year by year, you may find when someone moved, or took over a farm from an aging parent.

Quite a treasure trove of information.