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  • City directories are also known as Polk directories, because the Detroit-based R.L. Polk & Company is the nation's primary publisher of city directories.
  • The American Antiquarian Society has a good article about the history and development of city directories.
  • In most cases, the towns and villages in Erie County were not included in city directories until after World War II (1945). Unfortunately, with a very few exceptions, there are no 19th century city directories for the towns and villages of Erie County.
  • About a dozen county-wide directories have ever been published. I do not know how comprehensive they were. Skip down to Erie County to see the years available.
  • Expect gaps in coverage. Directories are usually but not always published on an annual basis, especially when it comes to the towns and villages outside of Buffalo.
  • Women's names rarely appear in directories before the 1920s unless they were widows or heads of households. Children are not listed at all.

Buffalo Roots Home Directory Coverage of Towns in Erie County, NY

Place Year first covered  Name (title)
of directory
Notes

Akron

1996

Buffalo Suburban

 

Alden

1996

Buffalo Suburban

 

Amherst

1957

Buffalo Northeast Suburban

 

Angola

1996

Buffalo Suburban

 

Athol Springs

1996

Buffalo Suburban

See also Hamburg

Aurora

1983

Buffalo Southtowns

See also East Aurora

Blasdell

1963

Buffalo Southeast Suburban

See also Hamburg

Boston

1996

Buffalo Suburban

 

Bowmansville

See Lancaster

   

Brant

1996

Buffalo Suburban

 

Cheektowaga

1957

Buffalo Northeast Suburban

 

Clarence

1991

Buffalo Suburban

 

Colden

No known coverage

 

Possibly in Erie County directory?

Collins

No known coverage

 

Possibly in Erie County directory?

Concord

No known coverage

 

Possibly in Erie County directory?

Derby

1996

Buffalo Suburban

 

Depew

1963

Buffalo Southeast Suburban

See also Lancaster

East Amherst

   

See Amherst

East Aurora

1950

East Aurora

No more published until 1962

East Hamburgh

See Orchard Park

   

Eggertsville

1957

Buffalo Northeast Suburban

See also Amherst

Elma

1996

Buffalo Suburban

 

Erie County

1916-17

Rural Directory of Erie County

No more published.

Erie County

1924, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1936, 1938, 1941

Erie County

No more published. May not be comprehensive.

Evans

No known coverage except for Angola & Derby

 

Possibly in Erie County directory?

Farnham

1996

Buffalo Suburban

See also Brant

Getzville

1996

Buffalo Suburban

See also Amherst

Gowanda

1964

Gowanda-Cattaraugus

No other years published

Grand Island

1989

Tonawandas

 

Hamburg

1949

Hamburg

No more published until 1956

Holland

No known coverage

 

Possibly in Erie County directory?

Kenmore

1924

Kenmore

Continued by Buffalo City, 1931

Lackawanna

1960

Lackawanna

 

Lancaster

1963

Buffalo Southeast Suburban

 

Marilla

1996

Buffalo Suburban

 

Newstead

No known coverage except for Akron

 

Possibly in Erie County directory?

North Collins

No known coverage

 

Possibly in Erie County directory?

Orchard Park

1966

Buffalo Southeast Suburban

 

Sardinia

No known coverage

 

Possibly in Erie County directory?

Sloan

1957

Buffalo Northeast Suburban

See also Cheektowaga

Snyder

1957

Buffalo Northeast Suburban

See also Amherst

Springville

No known coverage

 

Possibly in Erie County directory?

Tonawanda (city)

1948

Tonawandas

 

Tonawanda (town)

1948

Tonawandas

 

Wales

No known coverage except for Wales Center

   

Wales Center

1996

Buffalo Suburban

 

West Seneca

1963

Buffalo Southeast Suburban

 

Williamsville

1957

Buffalo Northeast Suburban

 

Woodlawn

1963

Buffalo Southeast Suburban

 

Updated 8 August 2014

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