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Telephone and Local Directory Databases

Local telephone directories, which in addition to phone numbers included names, street addresses, and, sometimes in the early days, professions, are an invaluable research tool for genealogists and those trying to document the history of their home. You can find out where your ancestors lived in town and when they arrived or left or moved. You can also discover previous owners of your house.

Here you'll find transcriptions of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff telephone directories for various years, starting in 1903, as well as two other directories: the list of local taxpayers printed in The Past and Present of Lake County (W. Le Baron & Co, 1877); and the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff area residents listed in the 1917 Prairie Farmer's Reliable Directory of Farmers and Breeders, Lake County.

1877 List of Local Taxpayers - Shields, Deerfield, Vernon and Libertyville townships - NEW!

1903-1904 Lake Forest City Directory

1909 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory

1913 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory

1917 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory

1917 Prairie Farmer's Reliable Directory of Farmers and Breeders, Lake County - NEW!

1920 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory

1924 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory

1926 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory - NEW!

1927 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory

1930 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory

1934 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory

1938 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory

1942 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory

1946 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory

1950 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory

1954 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory

1957 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory - NEW!

1961 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory - NEW!

1968 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Telephone Directory - NEW!

More coming soon!

How to use the databases: To search by last name or by street address, click the link for the year of interest. This should bring up the database as in a new browser window. The directory is arranged alphabetically by last name, so you can simply scroll to the name you are looking for, or use your browser's "Find" feature.

Helpful hints: If using the "Find" search box, search by "Last Name" only, not "Last Name, First Name" or "First Name Last Name." Also, house numbers in Lake Forest were changed in the late 1920s, so if the street address seems incorrect or you are unable to find it in the early phone books, that might be why. Some of the earliest directories do not include house numbers at all, just street names. Additionally, we have not included telephone numbers in the transcribed database. If it is the telephone number that you are interested in, you will need to visit our museum's Resource Center to view the original directory.

Our museum collection features phone books for most years from 1903 to the present. If we have not yet transcribed the year you're looking for, stop by the museum and visit our Resource Center to view the original. This phone book transcription project is ongoing. If you are interested in assisting with this project, visit our Volunteers page.

Thanks go to the Lake Forest Library, whose phone book donation in 2012 helped round out our collection. The databases above were created through the efforts of Historical Society volunteers Tara Abraham, Jillian Chapman, Kate Hurst, Rich Kosmerl, Laurietta Parsh, Juliet Stein-Davies, Kathy Swift, Debbie Tulley, Rosemary Troxel, Natalie Yang and Lou Yore.