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1920’s – 1990’s City Directories & Telephone Books on CD & DVD & Downloads
"Spyral" back in time to capture records of people and their lives in past years. 
Our Directory CD's, DVD's & Downloads are easy to use & provide high quality scans
of the actual pages, plus the entire contents are fully text searchable by keywords.
 
SpyralSearch offers a variety of historic city and community directories, such as old phone books, old white pages and old yellow pages from cities across the United States. As a branch of Research Etc. Inc., we have been collecting city phone books for research purposes since the 1990s. SpyralSearch has been providing access to the data from these archived phone books, white pages, yellow pages and community directories in the form of scanned images on CD, DVD or online digital downloads of PDFs. Each page is fully text searchable! You can search local directory pages by any first or last name, business name, phone number, address or partial name or keyword. The White Pages include local residential (individuals) and business names in alphabetical order. The Yellow Pages for each city include businesses listed by category and include advertising. SpyralSearch provides old phone book archives for private investigators, genealogists and researchers of all kinds. Many CDs are ready to ship, with downloads available immediately so you can start your search today. Others are available to pre-order for future delivery. Usually we can scan and ship out the CD archive within 5 business days (additional shipping time may apply). Browse our city collections and state catalogs to search old phone books online for the information you need!
 
Shipping Charges are per order, not per item: 
$4.25 First Class or $8.25 Priority Mail
Save on shipping - Downloads & Look-ups are no extra charge!

***Directories via Adobe Download
Don't wait for your Directory CD or DVD to arrive in your mailbox!  
After purchasing & selecting "Download" as your shipping option, you will receive an email with a custom link to the directory you purchased. 
Open the link, click "download" & save to your desktop - no shipping charges & get it within the hour.

 
City Directories - Typical Features:  
  • Residences & Businesses - Alphabetical Listings ♦ Head of Household, Spouse, Adult Children, Roomers  ♦ Occupations, Employer's name ♦ Numerical Telephone Numbers (the early form of "Caller I.D.")  ♦ Yellow Pages, Classified Buyer’s Guide, Alphabetical by business type  ♦  Street Guide 

Phone Directories - Typical Features:  

  • White Pages  – Alphabetical Business and Residences ♦  Selected occupations are sometimes listed, for example:  Doctor, Lawyer, Real Estate, Insurance Agent  
  • NOTE: Reverse Telephone & Address Indexes are not always present in old phone books, however you may use the Adobe® Reader® search tool to find any individual, even by their first name, living on a certain street, or with the same telephone number, etc. 

Reference Resource for Time & Place:  Many times an investigator searches the Internet for references to certain records only to find that they are from the 1700’s or 1800’s.  These types of records are virtually useless for the searcher whose investigation starts in the 1960’s!  SpyralSearch can provide the records you want and need from the recent past, including old copies of yellow pages, digitized and available to buy online. Our continuously growing collection includes old phone books starting as early as the 1920s and spans the decades through the 1990s. Why wait? Find the local phone book you're looking for and download a PDF today! 

Family Ties & GenealogyOur City Directories will enable you to see the individuals with the same last name that may meet your criteria – single, married, occupation, etc. and also names of other family members, residing in the household.  For example, you know that in 1960 “Unknown” Smith was a college student living at home with her parents in El Paso, that her father was a carpenter, and her mother was an accountant.  Your search criteria would pull up all “Smith’s” in the 1961 El Paso Directory, and you could possibly identify the right family, and acquire the first names of the college student and her parents, enabling you to locate them currently.  If your search subject has a common first and last name, a City Directory can provide a middle initial and help narrow down your list. 

Genealogists, Searchers, and Investigators  are the modern day Historians, and  have long known the wealth of information found in old City Directories and Phone Books to find clues and links to persons and places of a past time period. Accessing the information in these directories used to involve trips or letters to the libraries, but now SpyralSearch has made it possible to do research in your own home or office by having the old telephone directory information on CDs or online digital downloads. Our collection of thousands of old business directory listings, residential and local community directories allow you to search for a specific person, location or company from the past. Our archive of local listings are fully searchable, making it easy to identify the data you need.  

Tremendous Search Tool:  As investigators of all types know, it is often necessary to go backward into the past in order to get vital information that will enable you to come forward to the present.  While there are many reputable data providers on the web offering current information on individuals or businesses, you must be able to provide correct information to search.  The older information can be so important to gain a “starting place” in your search in order to then come forward to locate your subject currently.  


Features:  High quality - 300 dpi resolution of original pages in pdf format. Old reference sources are maximized beyond their original value and have been transformed into powerful research tools with endless search capabilities. You can have this unique resource available on your own computer and avoid trips and calls for lookups at the library.  Old yellow pages, directories and telephone books have been scanned, page by page onto cd's so you can review the actual copy of the directory.  But better yet - all the listings are fully text searchable by keywords such as name, occupation, business, street name, address, phone number, etc. using the search feature in Adobe® Reader®.   
 

Cushing Forensic Genealogy has donated Jerry's entire collection of old phone books and city directories to SpyralSearch. We have many of these books already processed and available as CD's or downloads.

Since 1970, Gerard "Jerry" Cushing has been locating missing heirs to lost legacies in the
various probate courts located throughout the USA. He and his wife Kay have been
successful in locating thousands of heirs entitled to millions of dollars.

 
 

SpyralSearch and Research Etc. Publishing, are the two companies that produce and provide the old phone books for sale and other products that are available on this site. 

Welcome to SpyralSearch, where we spiral back in time to offer scanned images in PDF format of old phone books and city directories from the 1920s to 1990s in a searchable OCR format to assist Genealogists, Private  Investigators, Adoption Search Specialists and reunion organizers. Find archived family and business connections and clues to the past, as well as former locations of people and companies. Available on CD or DVD physical archives as well as online digital downloads. SpyralSearch is a branch of Research Etc., Inc.

 


TRY IT OUT with this sample of a city directory so you can see the quality of the scans and how the zoom & search tools
work. All of our directories are in pdf format, and you will need Adobe® Reader® installed on your computer to access
the pdf files on CD. If you do not already have it, Adobe® Reader® can be downloaded free of charge on  Adobe®website.

 
        
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