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Directories: Trade, Street and City


  • Directories: Trade, Street and City

    County, Regional, Town, City or Trade Directories provide us with valuable detail for 19th and 20th Century research.

    Directories list people/occupations and addresses. They can be searched usually by location, decade and/or key word. Not all directories are searchable by all methods. In earlier directories, only notable members of the community may be listed.

    Pigot's Directory 1830

    Different directories list information in different ways:
    • By street, with the street names in alphabetical order
    • By occupation
    • By people's names, again alphabetically, followed by their addresses
    • Women would be included if they were private householders or business people

    Extract from 1921 Telephone Directory

    The availability of directories varies from area to area, and the time span that they cover also varies. Directories exist from as early as the mid 1700s and some continued to be published until fairly recent times (1970s).

    Directories can help us with 20th century research in the absence of census records or known addresses - working in conjunction with electoral registers for tracking family movements.

    • Historical Directories is a good place to get an idea of what these directories are like and how to search them.
    • UKGDL Genealogical Directories and Lists on the Internet

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