Bayfield County,
Wisconsin



Bayfield Directories


The most important use of a city directory is to place a city- or town-dwelling ancestor at a specific place at a single point in time. Census records can help you here every ten years, and some state censuses can help for that in-between period. But city directories may help you fill in the gaps. This is especially true in the critical period between 1880 and 1900 when the 1890 census was almost completely destroyed by fire.

These city directories were typically published each year. Since they were intended for use for such a short period, they were seldom printed on anything other than cheap paper. This is unfortunate because many directories have crumbled and, in many cases, no copies survive. A city or town's collection may be woefully incomplete because no one perceived the value of preservation at the time.


Bayfield Business and Miscellaneous Directory, 1888

Washburn Business and Miscellaneous Directory, 1888




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