Source Information Montgomery, Alabama Directories, 1880-1895 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000.
Original data:

  • Montgomery City Directory, 1880-1881. Montgomery, AL: Ross A. Smith, 1881.
  • Montgomery City Directory, 1883-1884. Montgomery, AL: Joel Davis, 1884.
  • Montgomery City Directory, 1887. Montgomery, AL: n.p., 1887.
  • Montgomery City Directory, 1891. Montgomery, AL: C. J. Allardt and Co., 1891.
  • Montgomery City Directory, 1893. Montgomery, AL: Walter Howard, 1893.
  • Montgomery City Directory, 1895. Montgomery, AL: Maloney Directory Co., 1895.
  • About Montgomery, Alabama Directories, 1880-1895

    One of the largest cities in Alabama, Montgomery is located in the central part of the state, near the Alabama River. This database is a transcription of six city directories originally published between 1881 and 1895. In addition to providing the resident's name, it provides information regarding their address and occupation. This collection includes the names of over 43,200 people, mostly heads of households. For those seeking ancestors from central Alabama, this can be an informative database.

    City directories are primarily useful for locating people in a particular place and time. They can tell you generally where an ancestor lived and give an exact location for census years. They are also useful for linkage with sources other than censuses.

    There are usually several parts to a city directory. The section of most interest to the genealogist, of course, is the alphabetical listing of names, for it is there that you may find your ancestor.

    Whenever you use a directory, however, it is important to refer to the page showing abbreviations used in the alphabetical section of the directory, usually following the name in each entry. Some abbreviations are quite common, such as h for home or r, indicating residence. There may even be a subtle distinction between r for residents who are related to the homeowner and b for boarders who are not related.

    Some city directories list adult children who lived with their parents but were working or going to school. Look for persons of the same surname residing at the same address. If analyzed and interpreted properly, these annual directories can tell you (by implication) which children belong to which household, when they married and started families of their own, and when they established themselves in business. In cases where specific occupation is given, you can search records pertinent to that occupation.

    Once an ancestor has been found in a city directory, there are several ways the information can be used to gain access to, or link with, such sources as censuses, death and probate records, church records, naturalization records, and land records.

    Taken from Chapter 11: Research in Directories, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy by Gordon Lewis Remington; edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Incorporated, 1997).