Friday, February 29, 2008


Researching ancestors from England and / or Wales, and think online access to English and Welsh directories could prove useful? The University of Leicester has put together a site you're really going to like...

From their website:

"Historical Directories is produced and owned by the University of Leicester. It is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. Within the digital library you'll find high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books, essential tools for research into local and genealogical history.

Project Aims

At its most basic level, the project seeks to provide at least one directory, for each segment on depicted on the geographical map, for each of the following decades:

* 1850s
* 1890s
* 1910s

Why focus initially on these decades?

* In the 1850s directories began to be published more widely, also providing information at parish level.
* The final decade of the nineteenth century, the 1890s, is fascinating in itself. It also leads up to the 1901 census, which has been published online by the Public Record Office.
* Immediately after the 1901 census, the 1910s also provide for potentially large audiences due to the current and intense interest in World War I.

Additionally, the Historical Directories project is committed to publishing sample directories from a wider range of dates, for each geographical segment on our map. These include:

* pre-1850s, a small selection of directories published between 1750 up to 1849
* 1860s
* 1870s
* 1880s
* 1900s

Since the project is based at the University of Leicester, special in-depth coverage is given to Leicestershire. We have also given substantial coverage to London and Wales.

What we don't cover!

The Historical Directories project does not attempt to publish every directory available between 1750 and 1919. Under our funding scheme, the project focuses upon England and Wales only.


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