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Lovell's Canadian Directory
The directories published by John Lovell for Canada are a great source of information on the types of jobs and business that employed our ancestors.  On this site, you will find the 1851 Directory, and the 1871 Directory (below).

The following transcription for Prescott County was very kindly provided by Dianne Skinner from a microfilm copy of Lovell's Canadian Directory of 1871 ... containing names of professional and business men, and other inhabitants....

There is also a directory available for 1851.  Here are the details: (it might be available through inter-library loan)
TITLE(S):*Ontario directory for 1851 : names of professional and business men and other inhabitants in the cities, towns, & villages throughout the province
The Canada directory
PUBLISHER: Toronto : Genealogical Research Library, 1984.
DESCRIPTION: v, 203 leaves ; 29 cm.
NOTES: Includes index. "Reprint of the Ontario portion of The Canada directory (1851), to which has been added to new index to the cities, towns and villages".
NUMBERS: Canadiana: 870109995 ISBN: 0919941052 : $65.00
CLASSIFICATION: LC Class no.: FC3056.2 Dewey: 917.13/0025 19