The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center just announced that their new digital project, North Carolina City Directories, is now available through their DigitalNC website. Researchers can now access over three hundred directories from North Carolina’s cities and towns from the 1860s-1930s with more to come.

Valuable to both local and genealogy researchers, city directories list names, addresses, spouses, races and occupations. Not only can they be searched by name but they can be searched by address as well and are commonly used by those who are researching histories of houses or addresses. Often researchers will look at the business directories within city directories from several years to gauge the length of time a business was in operation.

Take a look at the city directories and other digital collections such as North Carolina newspapers and North Carolina College and University yearbooks at