Directories and Gazetteers

Guelph City Directories

City directories have been published for over 200 years and provide name and address listings for individuals and businesses. Although earlier directories usually included prominent individuals and services most needed by residents, later directories generally listed everyone.

Directories consist of an alphabetical listing of individual’s surnames and an alphabetical listing by street. They also often include the name of the business where the individual worked, his or her occupation and the individual’s personal address. A history of the community along with listings of schools, churches and government offices may also be included.

Although directories can help to identify where your ancestors lived, worked, their occupation and can also provide clues to dates of marriages, deaths and divorces, it is important to remember that these directories were not always checked for accuracy.

YearWellington Branch CollectionGuelph Public LibraryGuelph Civic Museum
1855X
1871-1872X
1873X
1875-1877X
1882-1883X
1885-1886X
1907X
1915X
1916X
1918-1919X
1922X
1923X
1925X
1926X
1927X
1928X
1929X
1930X
1931X
1932X
1933X
1934X
1935X
1936X
1937X
1938X
1939X
1940X
1941X
1942X
1943X
1944XX
1945X
1946
1947XX
1948
1949X
1950
1951XX
1952
1953X
1954
1955XX
1956
1957XX
1958XX
1959XX
1960XX
1961XX
1962XX
1963XX
1964XX
1965XX
1966XX
1967X
1968X
1969X
1970XX
1971X
1972X
1973XX
1974XX
1975X
1976X
1977XX
1978XXX
1979XX
1980XXX
1981XX
1982XXX
1983X
1984XXX
1985XXX
1986XX
1987-1988XX
1988-1989XX
1989-1990X
1990-1991X
1991-1992XX
1992-1993X
1993-1994X
1994-1995XX
1995-1996X
1996-1997XX
1997-1998XX
1998-1999X
1999-2000XX
2000-2001XX
2001-2002X
2002-2003XX
2003-2004X
2004-2005XX
2005-2006XX
2006-2007X
2007-2008XX
2008-2009XX
2009XX
2010XX
2011XX
2012XX

Wellington County Directories

Members of the branch have transcribed the names from the Wellington County Directory and Gazetteer, 1867.  The publications include the names, their occupation, concession number, lot number, township, as well as an indication as to whether they are a freeholder or householder.   If you wish to see what publications are available and/or to place an order, click on the ‘Publications’ tab on the green bar at the top of the page.

The Wellington County Branch Family History Collection at the Guelph Public Library includes copies of a number of transcriptions of Directories and Gazetteers.  To view the list, either type or copy and paste the following into the Guelph Public Library search engine ‘Ontario Genealogical Society +Wellington +Directories’.

The McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph perhaps holds the largest collection.  Some are on microfilm and/or microfiche. Some are in the Archives Reference Collection, and some are held at the Annex and must be ordered in ahead of your visit.  When you locate the directory that you want, it will tell you if it has to be ordered and you can do it online through the library website.

The Wellington County Museum and Archives, Aboyne, have the following directory in hard copy:  Vernon’s Farmers’ and Business Directory for the Counties of Perth, Waterloo & Wellington, 1931.

Many of the directories can be found online, but knowing what to search for is the tricky part.  While not an all-inclusive list, the information below provides some clues to searching for Wellington County directories.

Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Wellington, for 1871-2, is available online here

In Library and Archives Canada’s ‘Canadian Directories Collection’, they have the Union Publishing Co.’s Farmers’ and Business Directory for the Counties of Waterloo and Wellington, 1887, available online here

The Virtual Reference Library has the following directories.  If you copy ‘Wellington (Ont. : County)—Directories’ into their search engine you should come up with the following copies available for viewing online:

Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Wellington, 1867

The County of Wellington Gazetteer and Directory for 1879-80

Wellington County Gazetteer and Directory for 1883-84

The Union Publishing Co.’s (of Ingersoll) Farmers and Business Directory for the Counties of Perth, Waterloo and Wellington, Vol. V, 1890

The Union Publishing Co.’s (of Ingersoll) Farmers’ and Business Directory for the Counties of Grey, Waterloo and Wellington, Vol. IX, 1891

The Union Publishing Co.’s Farmers’ and Business Directory for the Counties of Halton, Waterloo and Wellington, Vol. X, 1894

The Union Publishing Co.’s Farmers’ and Business Directory for the Counties of Halton, Waterloo and Wellington, Vol. XII

Union Publishing Co.’s Farmers and Business Directory for the Counties of Halton, Waterloo and Wellington, 1906

Union Publishing Company’s Farmers’ Directory for the Counties of Dufferin, Halton, Peel, Waterloo and Wellington, Vol. XIX, 1911

Vernon’s Farmers and Business Directory for the Counties of Dufferin, Halton, Peel, Waterloo & Wellington, 1915, is available online here