World Archives Project: Lorain County, Ohio, City Directories, 1903-1960

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About this project

This is a collection of city directories from Lorain County, Ohio. Both business names and the names of individuals in the cities are found in these directories from 1903 to 1960.

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This collection is sponsored by the Lorain County, Ohio Genealogical Society.


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Title Page
Names Page
Other Page

Title Page

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The title page is characterized by the title of the directory in large print near the top of the right-hand page. There may also be names of individuals and businesses on the page.

Directory Title

Enter the title of the directory. This is usually found in large print near the top of the image.
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Publisher

Key the publisher information. You can usually find the information near the key words "Publisher", "Publishers", or "Copyright".
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Publication Year

Enter the four-digit year of publication for the directory.
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Page Number

Enter the page number from near the top of the page.
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Prefix

Key any titles before the name, such as "Dr" or "Rev" in the Prefix field.
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Surname

Enter the surname here as it appears on the image, using the drop-down list to help you.

Where there is a spouse listed in parentheses, such as "John Smith (Mary)" create a new line for Mary, dittoing the husband's surname. Likewise, when an entry such as "Susan Smith (wid Steven)", create a new line for Steven, dittoing his widow's surname.
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Given Name

Key the first name and any middle names or initials as they appear on the image. Please do not expand abbreviated names.

Where there is a spouse listed in parentheses, such as "John Smith (Mary)" create a new line for Mary, dittoing the husband's surname. Likewise, when an entry such as "Susan Smith (wid Steven)", create a new line for Steven, dittoing his widow's surname.
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Suffix

Key all titles following the surname, such as "Jr" or "III."
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Business Name

Key the full name of the business as it appears on the image. Please only enter the name of the business in this field. If there is a name associated with the business (as in First Bank of Pepperland; Jeremy Nowhere, President), enter only the first of the individuals listed in the name fields for this record. Remember to omit periods after initials and replace the ampersand symbol (&) with the word "and."

A person's occupation, such as "plumber" is not a business name.
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Names Page

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This form type is different in that it includes names, either of individuals living in the city or of businesses in the area. There may not be a header on these pages.

Page Number

Key the page number from near the top of the page.
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Prefix

Key any titles before the name, such as "Dr" or "Rev" in the Prefix field.
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Surname

Enter the surname here as it appears on the image, using the drop-down list to help you.

Where there is a spouse listed in parentheses, such as "John Smith (Mary)" create a new line for Mary, dittoing the husband's surname. Likewise, when an entry such as "Susan Smith (wid Steven)", create a new line for Steven, dittoing his widow's surname.
See Example

Given Name

Key the first name and any middle names or initials as they appear on the image. Please do not expand abbreviated names.

Where there is a spouse listed in parentheses, such as "John Smith (Mary)" create a new line for Mary, dittoing the husband's surname. Likewise, when an entry such as "Susan Smith (wid Steven)", create a new line for Steven, dittoing his widow's surname.
See Example

Suffix

Key all titles following the surname, such as "Jr" or "III."
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Business Name

Key the full name of the business as it appears on the image. Please only enter the name of the business in this field. If there is a name associated with the business (as in First Bank of Pepperland; Jeremy Nowhere, President), enter only the first of the individuals listed in the name fields for this record. Remember to omit periods after initials and replace the ampersand symbol (&) with the word "and."

A person's occupation, such as "plumber" is not a business name.
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Other Page

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This form type is for any images that are not title images and don't fit in the section of the book for alphabetical listings. There may be advertisements on the pages, which is why we have left room for entering data on this form type. It will probably be easier to enter data if you turn the highlights off for this form type.

Page Number

Key the page number from near the top of the page.
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Prefix

Key any titles before the name, such as "Dr" or "Rev" in the Prefix field.
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Given Name

Key the first name and any middle names or initials as they appear on the image. Please do not expand abbreviated names.

Where there is a spouse listed in parentheses, such as "John Smith (Mary)" create a new line for Mary, dittoing the husband's surname. Likewise, when an entry such as "Susan Smith (wid Steven)", create a new line for Steven, dittoing his widow's surname.
See Example

Surname

Enter the surname here as it appears on the image, using the drop-down list to help you.
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Suffix

Key all titles following the surname, such as "Jr" or "III."
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Business Name

Key the full name of the business as it appears on the image. Please only enter the name of the business in this field. If there is a name associated with the business (as in First Bank of Pepperland; Jeremy Nowhere, President), enter only the first of the individuals listed in the name fields for this record. Remember to omit periods after initials and replace the ampersand symbol (&) with the word "and."

A person's occupation, such as "plumber" is not a business name.
See Example

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