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Directories

County directories, city directories, and telephone books for Kitchener and the surrounding area can be found in the Grace Schmidt Room.

Kitchener-Waterloo Telephone Books

Telephone books for the Kitchener-Waterloo area (including the Region of Waterloo) are available for the following years: 1932 – 1953, 1955 – 1956, 1963 – 1968, 1970 – present.

County and City Directories

Directories are an excellent resource for researching property ownership, residency, and the approximate age of buildings on a particular street. The following chart lists the city and county directories in our collection.

County and City Directories (printer-friendly)

YearTitle
1864County of Waterloo gazetteer and directory
1865County of Grey directory
1867County of Waterloo gazetteer and directory
1867County of Wellington gazetteer and directory
1867County of Wellington gazetteer and directory (master index)
1867Arthur Township gazetteer and directory
1869 – 1880 County of Brant gazetteer and directory
1870 – 1871Counties of Perth and Waterloo gazetteer and directory
1871 – 1872 County of Wellington gazetteer and directory
1875 – 1876 Arthur Township gazetteer and directory
1877 – 1878 County of Waterloo gazetteer and directory
1884 – 1885 County of Waterloo gazetteer and directory
1885 – 1886 Union Publishing Farmers and Business Directory
Counties of Brant, Halton, Norfolk, Waterloo and Wellington
1886 – 1889County of Waterloo gazetteer and directory
1887Union Publishing Farmers and Business Directory
Counties of Waterloo and Wellington (microfilm)

1888 – 1889

Union Publishing Farmers and Business Directory
Counties of Perth, Waterloo and Wellington (microfilm)

1890

Farmers Directory – Huron County

1890

Farmers Directory – Perth County

1890

Farmers Directory – Wellington County

1890

Farmers Directory Waterloo County

1888 – 1889

Union Publishing Farmers and Business Directory
Counties of Perth, Waterloo and Wellington (microfilm)

1890

Farmers Directory – Huron County

1890

Farmers Directory – Perth County

1890

Farmers Directory – Wellington County

1890

Farmers Directory Waterloo County

1907 – 1909

Vernon’s Kitchener (Berlin, Waterloo and Bridgeport)

1911 – 1913

Vernon’s Kitchener (Berlin, Waterloo and Bridgeport)

1912

Vernon’s Cambridge (Galt, Preston)

1915

Vernon’s Dufferin, Halton, Peel, Waterloo and Wellington

1918

Vernon’s Perth, Waterloo and Wellington

1918

Cairnes’ Official Directory of the City of Kitchener

1919 – present

Vernon’s Kitchener and Waterloo

1924

Vernon’s Perth, Waterloo and Wellington

1931

Vernon’s Perth, Waterloo and Wellington

1938

Vernon’s Cambridge (Galt, Preston)

1940 – 1942

Garden’s Rural Route Guide and County Directory

1942

Vernon’s Cambridge (Galt, Preston)

1946

Vernon’s Cambridge (Galt, Preston)

1965 – 2013

Vernon’s Cambridge

1972

Union Publishing Farmers and Business Directory

Counties of Bruce, Grey and Simcoe

1988 – 2013

Vernon’s Guelph

2013

Vernon’s Stratford

 

Abbreviations Used in Directories

Early directories and atlases often used abbreviations to convey information. We have put together a list of common abbreviations to help you use the directories.

Abbreviations Used in Directories (printer-friendly)

 

AbbreviationDefinition
General
fFreeholder (owns land)

bf

Broken Front

bbf

Beasley’s Broken Front

Blt

Bechtel’s Tract

Gct

German Company Tract

bt

Bean’s Tract

ht

Heistand Tract

ht

Hornings Tract

bb

Beasley Block

do

Ditto

farrier

Blacksmith and Vet

 

North Dumfries

No specific abbreviations found.

 

Waterloo Township – Lower Block

BOS

Beasley’s Old Survey

BBF

Beasley’s Broken Front

BLB

Beasley’s Lower Block

BNS

Beasley’s New Survey

BT

Biehn’s Tract (aka Bean’s Tract)

BET

Bechtel’s Tract

HT

Histand’s Tract

 

Waterloo Township – Middle & Upper Blocks

MB

Remnant Middle Block

HGT

Horning Tract

(J)WT

(James) Wilson’s Tract

 

German Company Tract

GCT

German Company Tract

 

Wellesley Township

E

Eastern section

W

Western section

 

Wilmot Township

ba

Block A

bb

Block B

bl

Bleam’s Road

er

Erb’s Road

sr

Snider’s Road

 

Woolwich Township

Chbl

Chalmer’s Block

heid

Heidelberg

Cart.T.

c.t.

Cht.

 

Cartwright Tract

Cr.T.

Crook’s Tract

Abf

Concession A, broken front

Ls

Lane’s survey

a.t.

Allan’s Tract

c.t.

Catheart Tract

c.b.

Church Block