Directory of Directories
I found an interesting directory this morning. It’s Polk’s 1916 Directory of Directories. I’ve not seen other years for this directory. Under Illinois, you can see the cities with published directories. There are only five listings for the Chicago area and now there are many more. What I found most interesting starts on page 30. These listings include directory titles by occupation or industries such as Jewelers, Dry Goods, and Plumbing.
Previously I have searched a city directory by occupation or business name using the keyword field. This helped me find relatives who spelled their names differently than I expected. I’d like to locate these trade and professional directories.