The earliest directory of Rochester New York was compiled in 1827. The directory was split into 4 sections. The first section contained a directory of the householders with their occupations and residence. The second section contained a directory of the boarders with their occupation and who they boarded with. The third part contains a description and memorandums of the county of Monroe and its environs. The final and fourth part contained advertisements. This post is section one
The following are 57 free digitized directories found online for the city of Buffalo, New York, covering the years of 1828-1893 (incomplete), containing an alphabetical list of the inhabitants and business firms, streets, town offices, societies, churches and other miscellaneous matter. Directories can provide information on an individual such as their employment and address during the year issued. They may also indicate whether they were renting or residing with somebody else at the time. The 1890 directories are especially important for establishing the location of families during the extent 1890 census.