A collection of 115 Peterborough city and county directories, dating back to 1858, have been digitized. They’re now available online for anyone to search – for free – at https://archive.org/details/peterboroughcitydirectories.
For years, city directories were published annually with lists of names, addresses and professions of people in a particular city. Look up your house address in a directory and you can see the names of those who lived there in that particular year. You can also look for your ancestors and other relatives who lived in Peterborough. Then you can look up the name of that person in the same directory – under a different section – to find out what that person did for a living.
The directories are also packed with business listings and advertisements.
You can read more about the directories at http://goo.gl/Zvom47. Also, please note that a few years are missing. If you have access to any of the missing years of directories, Kathryn Matheson, heritage researcher for the city, would love to hear from you! She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.