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Directories

County and city directories are an excellent resource for researching property ownership, residency, regional growth and development, and the approximate age of buildings on a particular street.

PDF icon County and City Directories in the GSR

Abbreviations Used in Directories

Early directories and atlases often used abbreviations to convey information. We have put together a list of common abbreviations to help you use the directories.

PDF icon Abbreviations Used in Directories

Directory Digitization Project

With the support of our partners and volunteers, we have recently completed the digitization of Kitchener-Waterloo city and Waterloo County directories from 1864 to 1940. Volumes will be added to this page as they are proofed and optimized. Check back often to see what has been recently added to the digital collection.

The scanned directories on this site are provided for private research and study only. The directory files are optimized for use with Adobe Reader. Due to variances with browser plugins and extensions, directories viewed via web browser may take longer to display.

Tip: When viewing the directories, click the bookmark icon for an interactive table of contents. If viewing in a web browser, Use Ctrl + F to search by keyword.

County and City Directories
Year Title Size
1864 County of Waterloo Gazetteer and Directory 32 MB
1867 County of Waterloo Gazetteer and Directory 26 MB
1878 County of Waterloo Gazetteer and Directory 31 MB
1884-85 County of Waterloo Gazetteer and Directory 48 MB
1885-86 Union Publishing Farmers and Business Directory:
Counties of Brant, Halton, Norfolk, Waterloo and Wellington
89 MB
1888-89 Union Publishing Farmers and Business Directory:
Counties of Perth, Waterloo and Wellington
67 MB
1896 Union Publishing Farmers and Business Directory:
Counties of Halton, Waterloo and Wellington
68 MB
1897-99 Vernon's Berlin and Waterloo Directory 18 MB
1901-03 Vernon's Berlin and Waterloo Directory 17 MB
1907 Twin City Directory and Official Guide to the Towns of Berlin and Waterloo 21 MB
1907 Vernon's Berlin, Waterloo and Bridgeport Directory 20 MB
1908-09 Vernon's Berlin, Waterloo and Bridgeport Directory 29 MB
1910-11 Vernon's Berlin, Waterloo and Bridgeport Directory 28 MB
1911-12 Vernon's Berlin, Waterloo and Bridgeport Directory 39 MB
1919 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 56 MB
1920 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 46 MB
1921 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 36 MB
1922-23 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 53 MB
1923-24 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 45 MB
1924-25 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 47 MB
1925-26 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 51 MB
1926-27 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 54 MB
1928-29 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 55 MB
1929 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 60 MB
1930 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 77 MB
1931 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 74 MB
1932 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 78 MB
1933 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 85 MB
1934 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 59 MB
1935 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 65 MB
1936 Vernon's City of Kitchener and Town of Waterloo Directory 81 MB

The City and County Directories Digitization Project and the purchase of the book scanner in the Grace Schmidt Room has been made possible for the Library through the generous financial support of the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation and the Waterloo Region Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS), who have also provided volunteer support dedicated in the memory of Norma Huber, long-time Waterloo Region Branch, OGS, member and genealogist.

The library and its project partners would like to thank the following institutions and individuals for the loan of selected directories to complete the project:

  • City of Cambridge Archives
  • Waterloo Historical Society
  • rych mills