Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History
Go to Grace’s Guide
Grace’s Guide is an amazing free resource with a wealth of material about the history of Britain’s industries including details of companies and individuals. There is a directory section containing extracts from a wide range of publications.
See my article Free British Industrial History for Genealogy Research for information about Grace’s Guide.
The Internet Archive
Go to Archive.org
It is always worth checking the Internet Archive to see if there are directories for areas you are interested in. For example, if I search for Huntingdonshire, I can download the 1850 Slater’s Directory for several counties including this one. There is also plenty of other material relating to the area.
National Library of Scotland Internet Archive Page
Go to NLS Archive page
Also on the Internet Archive is this extensive collection of books, manuscripts and maps, from the National Library of Scotland. The collection contains local directories as well as military lists, family histories etc. It is well worth checking out.
National Library of Scotland; Scottish Post Office Directories
Go to NLS PO Directories
Also from the National Library of Scotland, but hosted on their own website is a collection of over 700 digitized post office directories from 1773 to 1911 and covering the whole of the country.
Go to SWilson
This site has a number of scans and extracts of directories in Ireland as well as links to other (free and subscription) sites with Irish directories. There are also plenty of other useful resources relating to Irish genealogy.
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Go to PRONI
PRONI has a useful collection of digitized Northern Irish street directories dating from 1819 to 1900. These cover Belfast and the main towns of Ulster.
Go to Fáilte Romhat
Directories on this site: Pigot & Co’s Provincial Directory of Ireland 1824, Postal Directory of Cork 1842-43, Slater’s Commercial Directory of Ireland 1846 and Guy’s Postal Directory of Cork 1914.
Go to Findmypast
Findmypast has a large collection of directories; the Irish set is the largest in the world. As well as normal trade directories, the collection also includes Business Indexes (1892-1987) which contain much more information about particular businesses.
Go to The Genealogist
This site has an extensive collection of trade and telephone directories covering the whole of Britain. The collection is much stronger in the English counties than in the rest of the UK though. The earliest London directory dates from 1677 with the bulk of the collection from the 19th century.
Go to Ancestry
Ancestry has a huge collection of British (and some Irish) trade, professional and telephone directories.
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