Inquiring minds: Can your collection of City Directories help me locate a business from the past?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. I am trying to find information on a St. Paul business, but I’m not sure when it was in existence. Can your collection of City Directories help me locate a business from the past?

A.  The Roseville Library owns selected hardbound St. Paul City Directories going back to the middle of the twentieth century.  In addition, our Library system can offer a much more extensive collection of St. Paul City Directories in digital format through our online database Ancestry.com. There you can search more than a hundred years of directories from the 1880s through the early 1990s. Ancestry.com is intended for genealogical research, but it can also be used to look for long-gone businesses like this one. You must come into the library to use Ancestry.com. If you have questions about searching it, you can talk to one of our librarians.
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Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 628-6803 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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