This web site is devoted to the advancement of the science of African American Genealogy and genealogical study of other Ethnic Studies by Dr. James M. Rose, alias Dr. Roots.
Search U.S. Census records from 1790-1930; Evanston city directories from 1890-93; immigration records; birth, marriage, and death records; and old telephone directories from around the country. Normally, only available in the library. Remote access link during COVID-19 crisis. Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.
Evanston City Directories are located in the Evanstoniana Room in the Reference Department, 3rd floor. These directories list names of residents alphabetically with occupation and names of family members living at the address. Businesses are listed alphabetically and by type of business. Most have reverse listings by street name and number.
- The Evanston Directory 1880-1905 (missing 1885, 1887 and 1889)
- Bumstead’s Evanston City and North Shore Directory 1909-1921
- Polk’s Evanston City and North Shore Directory 1922-1939 (odd years only), 1948, 1962, 1963 (last year printed)
- Directories also available online at the Internet Archive
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