Lancaster City and County Directories, 1843-1922

Thanks to a Library Services and Technology Act grant we have digitized city and county residential and commercial directories in our collection from 1843 to 1914. These directories list residents in the city and the county by name and street address and can help locate people on an annual basis and additionally list businesses and professionals. These directories are a heavily used resource and we are pleased to be able to offer them online.

        Instructions for searching Lancaster Directories

        The Lancaster Directories digital collection is part of the Access Pennsylvania Digital Repository. will link to the advanced search screen.

        At the lower left of the screen, select the collection(s) you wish to search ( - City Directories 1843-1900 or - City Directories 1843-1914) and then click on add. Your selected collection(s) will appear in the box at the lower right. 

        Type your search term(s) in the appropriate box at the top of the screen.


        Click on the search button and a results page will open.


        Click on the item you would like to see. The page will open with the search term highlighted. The page number for the page you are viewing will be in red on the left side of the screen.


        Click on the highlighted search term to zoom in on the page.


        The tool bar at the center of the screen will allow you to zoom in or out, view the whole page, move around the page, view a thumbnail which shows the section of the page you have zoomed in on, and select text to print.


        To view the volume and date: click on go at the far left next to View: “document description.”


        To print, click on the stylus on the tool bar. Draw a box around the text you would like to print by placing the + at the upper left corner of the text, left click and hold while you drag the + down to the right corner of the text. When you have a red box around the selection, let go of the mouse. A new window will open showing only the selected text. Click on the print icon.


        To return to the results page, click back to results just above the tool bar.


        You may begin a new search by clicking on search again at the center of the screen or advanced search at the top of the screen.




        The digitization of Lancaster City and County Directories, 1843-1914 was funded through federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

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