During Fort Wayne Ancestry Day's Ask the Experts Panel, we received so many questions that we were unable to answer them all during the event. The following is a question asked and The Genealogy Center staff's response.
Where or how can I search for small business records more than 100 years old?
Small businesses were independently owned. Once these businesses closed, you may not be able to find their records. If a family member decided to retain the records, you may find them in an archive or library that houses special collections. Also inquire at the local historical society which may have received the records. You may be able to find businesses listed in city, county or business directories, or in local, county, and state government records if the owners filed for licenses, permits, and business reports.