Source Information

Sewell, Patricia, comp. Flathead County, MT, 1905 - 1906 Kalispell City Directory and Flathead County Directory [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001.
Original data: R.L. Polk & Co's Kalispell City Directory and Flathead County City Directory 1905-1906. R.L. Polk & Co; Evans & McMurray Publishers, 1905-1906. Mansfield Library, Special Collections Section, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, 59802.

About Flathead County, MT, 1905 - 1906 Kalispell City Directory and Flathead County Directory

Located in Northwestern Montana, Kalispell was the county seat of Flathead County in 1905-6. This database contains a complete City Directory of Kalispell and all of the villages in Flathead County. It provides the resident's name, information regarding occupation, place of business and residence. . It contains the names of landowners and tax-paying farmers in the County, giving the name of the owner of the piece of property, its location and assessed value, and the post office address of the owner. Those researching western Montana history, and the family historians researching individuals who resided there in 1905-6 will find this database useful.

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).