What are city directories?
- they list residents and businesses in the City of Kingston and some surrounding areas
- they were put together by canvassers who went door-to-door, working quickly and not always accurately.
- not every resident is included. For example, the early directories did not include women (except widows and those who were employed or owned businesses), children under 18, or people who chose not to be listed.
- you can usually find (a) the name, though the spelling often varies; (b) the home address and sometimes the place of business; (c) the occupation, and sometimes (d) whether the person is a tenant or homeowner. Later directories also include telephone numbers.
- most of the directories contain three sections: (a) an alphabetical list of residents, (b) a street directory which allows you to look up the house number and find out who lived there, and (c) a classified business directory.
- with the advent of online searching, demand for printed directories declined. In Kingston, the last printed directory was published in 2001.