City Directories of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

Fort Wayne city directories start in 1858 with business and city resident addresses. They are listed on a separate City Directories page and embeded within the Timeline pages. Most of the early directories have the name R. S. Robertson written on them indicating they were owned and donated to the library collection by Colonel Robert S. Robertson. Later directories advertise they contain alphabetical lists of business firms, private citizens, city and county officers, public and private schools, churches, banks, incorporated institutions, secret and benevolent societies, trades, professions, pursuits and directory of Allen County. They are one way to recreate information for the missing 1890 census and fill in between the other censuses.

Look at streets for neighbors, ads, and buisnesses. Good for creating geographic and historical context for family stories. They help establish migration and settlement patterns. May help realize other record/source possibilies. The Genealogy Center has over 57,000 city directories, 11,000 on microfilm and several hundred on microfiche. They have an online catalog and some may be on PERSI. Read more in Finding and Using Directories in The Genealogy Center by John published July 07, 2013 in The Genealogy Center blog.

City Directories: More than Basic Facts published on October 30, 2018 by the Allen County Public Library on YouTube
Presented by the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library City directories provide more than just a name and address for a particular year. Discover the stories held within these volumes and learn how to use city directories in your own research.

See the Allen County Public Library catalog list of Fort Wayne Directories with Electronic Access to Internet Archive ebooks. Most are listed below:

Fort Wayne (Ind.) -- Directories search on Internet Archive lists only 23 volumes, but many more from the catalog link above and lucky searching over time are listed below:

1850

  1. William's Fort Wayne Directory City Guide and Business Mirror Volume 1. - 1858-1859 - Compiled by C. S. Williams - copy of original?
  2. William's Fort Wayne Directory City Guide and Business Mirror Volume 1. - 1858-1859 - Compiled by C. S. Williams - original?
  3. William's Fort Wayne Directory City Guide and Business Mirror Volume 1. - 1858-1859 - Compiled by C. S. Williams - 3rd copy - big stain 

1860

  1. The Fort Wayne City & Business Directory and City Guide For 1860-1861 - Prepared by Wm. H. H. Hull Fort Wayne, Indiana
  2. Williams Fort Wayne Directory City Guide & Business Mirror for 1861-1862 - Second Issue. by C. S. Williams with stains
  3. Williams Fort Wayne Directory City Guide & Business Mirror for 1861-1862 - Second Issue. Compiled by C. S. Williams - duplicate
  4. S. U. Goodwin's Allen County gazetteer and business directory for 1862 by Beeks, James C., comp Publication date 1862
  5. 1863 is missing
  6. Williams' Fort Wayne Directory, city guide and business mirror, for 1864-1865 - Third Issue: Compiled by Williams & Co.
  7. Williams' Fort Wayne Directory, city guide and business mirror, for 1864-1865 - Third Issue: Compiled by Williams & Co. - duplicate
  8. Williams' Fort Wayne Directory, city guide and business mirror, for 1864-1865 - Third Issue: Compiled by Williams & Co. - duplicate with stains
  9. Fort Wayne Directory 1866-1867 - Fourth Issue: Compiled by Williams & Co.
  10. Allen County Gazetteer : containing a directory of Fort Wayne City, and historical and descriptive sketches of the several townships of the county, also, a directory of the names, occupation and post office address of the merchants, manufacturers & farmers throughout Allen County ...(1867) - Bailey, John C. W., Allen County is in front, Fort Wayne starts on page 33 - Compiled and Published by John C. W. Bailey Chicago, Ill.
  11. Ft. Wayne Directory 1868-1869 - Fith Issue: Compiled by Williams & Co. - yellow pages
  12. Ft. Wayne Directory 1868-1869 - Fith Issue: Compiled by Williams & Co. - duplicate

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1870

  1. Ft. Wayne Directory 1870-1871 - Sixth Issue: Compiled by Williams & Co.
  2. Fort Wayne City directory 1872 - King's
  3. Fort Wayne City directory 1873-1874 - Carier & Campbell's
  4. Fort Wayne Directory 1874-1875 - Polk, Murphy & Co. Publishers
  5. Fort Wayne Directory 1875-1876 - Sold only by subscription - R.L. Polk & Co.
  6. Fort Wayne City Directory 1876-1877 - Cincinnati, Ohio
  7. Fort Wayne Directory 1877 - Sold only by subscription - Third Volume - R.L. Polk & Co.
  8. Fort Wayne Directory 1878 - Sold only by subscription - fourth edition - R.L. Polk & Co.
  9. Fort Wayne Directory 1879-1880 - Sold only by subscription - R.L. Polk & Co. - Fifth Volume

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1880

  1. Fort Wayne and Allen County Directory 1880-1881 - Sold only by subscription - sixth volume (in Preface) R.L. Polk & Co.
  2. Fort Wayne and Allen County Directory 1882-1883 - Sold only by subscription - seventh volume (in Preface) - R.L. Polk & Co.
  3. Fort Wayne City Directory 1883-1884 - Sold only by subscription - Volume VIII - R.L. Polk & Co.
  4. Fort Wayne City Directory 1885-1886 - Sold only by subscription - Volume IX - R.L. Polk & Co.
  5. Kramer's general business directory : containing an accurately selected and classified list of the leading manufacturers, jobbers, wholesale and retail dealers, professional and business men of Northern Indiana Publication date 1885
  6. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1887 - Sold only by subscription - Volume X - R.L. Polk & Co.
  7. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1888 - Sold only by subscription - Volume XI- R.L. Polk & Co.
  8. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1889-1890 - Sold only by subscription - Volume XII - R.L. Polk & Co.

1890

  1. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1890-1891 - Sold only by subscription - Volume XIII - R.L. Polk & Co.
  2. Fort WayneCity and Allen County Directory 1891-1892, pt.1 - Sold only by subscription - Volume XIV - R.L. Polk & Co.
  3. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1893-94 - Sold only by subscription - Volume XV- R. L. Polk & Co.
  4. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1894-1895 - Sold only by subscription - Volume XVI - R.L. Polk & Co.
  5. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1895-1896 - Sold only by subscription - Volume XVII - R.L. Polk & Co.
  6. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1895-1896, pt. 1 - part 1 - duplicate
  7. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1895-1896, pt. 2 - part 2 - duplicate
  8. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1896 - Sold only by subscription - Volume XVIII - R. L. Polik & Co.
  9. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1897 - Sold only by subscription - Volume XIX R.L. Polk & Co.
  10. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1898 - Sold only by subscription - Volume XX R.L. Polk & Co.
  11. Fort Wayne Cty and Allen County Directory 1898, pt.1 - part 1 copy
  12. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1898, pt.2 - part 2 copy
  13. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1899 - Sold only by subscription - Volume XXI - R.L. Polk & Co. cn

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1900

  1. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1900 - Volume XXII - R.L. Polk & Co.
  2. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1901 - Volume XXIII - R.L. Polk & Co.
  3. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1902 - Volume XXIX - R.L. Polk & Co.
  4. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1902 - Volume XXIX - R.L. Polk & Co. - duplicate
  5. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1903 - Volume XXX - R.L. Polk & Co.
  6. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1904 - Volume XXXI - R.L. Polk & Co.
  7. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1905 - Volume XXXII - R.L. Polk & Co.
  8. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1906 - Volume XXXIII - R.L. Polk & Co.
  9. Fort Wayne, Indiana, Rural Mail District 1906 - Appleby Co., Saginaw, Mich.
  10. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1907 - Volume XXXIV - R.L. Polk & Co.
  11. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1908 - Volume XXXV - R.L. Polk & Co.
  12. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1909, pt. 1 - Volume XXXVI pt.1 - R.L. Polk & Co.
  13. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1909, pt. 2 - Volume XXXVI pt 2 - R.L. Polk & Co.

1910

  1. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1910 - Volume XXXVII - R.L. Polk & Co.
  2. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1910, pt.1 - photocopy - R.L. Polk & Co. through Nebur
  3. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1911, pt.1 - photocopy - Volume XXXVIII - R.L. Polk & Co. - names through Hofer
  4. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1911, pt 2 - photocopy - Volume XXXVIII - R.L. Polk & Co. - Hofer through Stopher
  5. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1911 pt. 3 - photocopy - Volume XXXVIII - R.L. Polk & Co. - Stoppenhagen through the end
  6. The Home Telephone and Telegraph Company Fort Wayne, Indiana June 1, 1911 - Includes Arcola, Churubusco, Harlan, Huntertown, Laud, Leo- Grabill, Monroeville, New Haven, Ossian, Poe-Hoagland, Preble, Roanoke, Spencerville, Tocsin, Woodburn and Zanesville - a second copy
  7. Fort Wayne Ccity and Allen County Directory 1912 - Volume XXXIX - R.L. Polk & Co.
  8. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1912 pt.1 - photocopy - Volume XXXIX - R.L. Polk & Co. - names through Moellering
  9. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1912 pt. 2 - photocopy - Volume XXXIX - R.L. Polk & Co. - Moench through the end
  10. Telephone directory, Fort Wayne, Indiana February 1912 - Fort Wayne, Ind. : Home Telephone & Telegraph Co. - a second copy
  11. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1913 - Volume XL - R.L. Polk & Co.
  12. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1914, pt. 1 - photocopy - Volume XLI - R.L. Polk & Co. - names through McPhail
  13. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1914, pt. 2 - photocopy - R.L. Polk & Co. - McPhail through the end
  14. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1915, pt. 1 - photocopy - Volume XLII - R.L. Polk & Co. - names through McNulty
  15. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1915, pt. 2 - photocopy - R.L. Polk & Co. - McNulty through the end
  16. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1916 - Volume XLIII - R.L. Polk & Co.
  17. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1916, pt. 2 - photocopy - R.L. Polk & Co. - Manchester through the end
  18. Telephone Directory June 1, 1916 - The Home Telephone & Telegraph Company
  19. Rural route directory, Allen County, Indiana Publication date 1916 Publisher Ramsey different copy
  20. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1917 - Volume XLIV - R.L. Polk & Co.
  21. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1918, pt. 1 photocopy - Volume XLV - R.L. Polk & Co. - names through McCormick
  22. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1918, pt. 2 photocopy - Volume XLV - R.L. Polk & Co. - McCormick through the end
  23. Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directory 1919 Volume XLVI - R.L. Polk & Co.

1920

Fort Wayne, Indiana, city directory (Volume yr.1920) - R.L. Polk & Co. cn

Fort Wayne, Indiana, city directory (Volume yr.1921) - R.L. Polk & Co. cn

Fort Wayne, Indiana, city directory (Volume 1922) - R.L. Polk & Co. cn

Fort Wayne, Indiana, city directory (Volume yr.1923, pt.2) - R.L. Polk & Co. cn

Telephone directory, Fort Wayne, Indiana 1924  - Fort Wayne, Ind. : Home Telephone & Telegraph Co.

1930s

1939 Polk’s Fort Wayne city directory 1939, Post Office edition

Several more Polk's from the 1930s -1940s

1940s

Polk’s Fort Wayne city directory, Post Office edition by R. L. Polk & co Publication date 1943  

Polk’s Fort Wayne city directory, Post Office edition by R. L. Polk & co Publication date 1943

The The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana has all the Fort Wayne city directories to the present, including hundreds of other U. S. cities and towns.

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