U.K., City and County Directories, 1600s-1900s

This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) consists of directories for the Channel Islands, England, Isle of Man, Scotland, and Wales from the 1600s to the 1900s (most 1820-1940).

Various types of directories are included:

Street: lists residents, businesses, and tradesmen according to street address

Commercial: primarily an alpha list of retail and wholesale businesses, but may also include some private residences

Trade: alpha list of retailers, wholesalers, tradespersons and professionals

Court: lists wealthy residents and government officials

Post Office: listing of householder names and addresses

Most directories originally included maps, which were scanned for this record collection provided they had not been removed by a prior owner of the directory.

Directories can help “fill in the blanks” between census years and other government records. Their descriptions of localities and lists of institutions, government officials, clergymen, tradespeople, and businesses can help you visualize what life in a particular time and place must have been like, and thus help make family histories “come alive” for potential readers.

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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