Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Completes Collection of Canadian City and Area Directories, 1819-1906

The following announcement is from, the Canadian version of the U.S.'s I did some checking, and those who have a World Deluxe Subscription at will also be able to access this expanded city directories collection here.


7 Million Names Now Available For First Time

Pre-telephone era equivalent of Yellow Pages provides wealth of information on ancestors of millions of Canadians

June 22, 2010 (Toronto, ON), Canada’s leading family history website, announces the completion of Canadian City and Area Directories, 1819-1906, a rich collection of more than 150,000 pages of historical records, the largest collection of historic Canadian directories available online. The collection includes the names of more than 7 million Canadians who lived during this 87- year-period of national growth.

The first release of City and Area Directories by in October of 2008 contained nearly 20,000 pages of records and 5.2 million names. Today’s completion adds a staggering 134,000 pages of records.

Almost anyone with an ancestor who lived in a Canadian town or city during the period from 1819 to 1906 will find an ancestor in the collection. Historically, these records were used in much the same way as we use Facebook today - they were finding aids that allowed people to stay connected.

City directories contain an alphabetical listing of citizens, giving the names of the heads of households, their addresses and occupations. When an ancestor is found a researcher can see their name, home or business address and usually an occupation. For added interest, a further search using the street name will find their neighbours, allowing users to build up a picture of what life was like in the area.

A city directory may also contain a business directory, street directory, governmental directory, and listings of town officers, schools, societies, churches, post offices and other miscellaneous records that help paint a clearer picture of one’s ancestors. *

Aside from finding one’s own ancestors within this collection, history enthusiasts will be able to find records of famous Canadians, including:
  • Sir John A. MacDonald - Canada’s first Prime Minister, listed living in Kingston, Ontario 
  • Sir Sandford Fleming - Inventor and creator of world time zones is listed living at 213 Chapel Street in Ottawa in 1893, one of his many residences 
  • William Lyon MacKenzie - The journalist, politician and rebel leader is listed living in Toronto and working as the editor of The Colonial Advocate
  • Louis Riel - Founder of the province of Manitoba and activist for M├ętis rights, listed as living in Elkirk
Karen Peterson, Marketing Director for, comments: “The breadth of information you can learn about your ancestors from records like City Directories will surprise many. They are a very powerful tool for researching family history because they can fill in the gaps between federal or provincial censuses, providing people with much clearer timelines and details about their ancestors and their lives.”

Breakdown of records by region:
Province Records (Images) Estimated Names
Ontario 84059 4202950
Quebec 33201 1660050
Nova Scotia 12566 628300
New Brunswick 11051 552550
National and Multi-Province 6201 310050
Manitoba 2514 125700
British Columbia 2016 100800
Newfoundland 1194 59700
Prince Edward Island 927 46350
Alberta 16 800
Total estimate 153745 7687250
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