St Patrick’s Day freebies!!

St Patrick

Those with Irish ancestry will need to keep off the Guinness so that they have a clear head to make good use of the two St Patrick’s Day offers  made by FindMyPast & Origins !

FindMyPast.ie is offering 50 free credits for use on their site. The code is STPATRICK which you put into the redeem coupon box. Thanks to Chris Paton for this news.

Origins.net is offering free access to their Irish Directories collection from 16 – 18 March.

http://www.origins.net/

 

http://www.findmypast.ie

Trade Directories covering Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire & Worcestershire

Trade directoriesAncestry.co.uk have added to their Trade Directories collection with directories which cover the Midland counties of Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. This release adds another 350 trade directories to the already large collection on offer.

These books can be a great help when compiling a family history.

What are Trade Directories?

Trade directories vary depending on the company which compiled them, but at their best they start with a description of city, town or village including vital information as to when the post box is emptied to when the last train leaves the local station for the day. The parts that gets genealogists excited are the listing of all the tradesmen in the town and also often a street by street listing of who is the main householder in each dwelling.

Some directories charged tradesmen to have an entry in the directory so you can’t be sure that everyone is included and it is best to bear in mind that often there was a gap of up to a year between the gathering of the information and the printing and distribution of the directory.

The directories date from the 1600’s to the 1900’s. The earlier ones have less information and are quite rare, but the Victorian period 1837 – 1901 offers many good examples.

What will I find in Trade Directories?

Below are three screen shots of details that can be discovered using the directories. The first is a transcript of a directory of Bristol dated around the 1790’s. The second is a scan of the original page of the entry for Mevagissey, Cornwall taken from The Universal British Directory 1791. The third is taken from the 1850 Bagshaw’s Directory of Cheshire.

Ancestry.co.uk Directories

 

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Where will I find Trade Directories?

Ancestry.co.uk have an extensive collection of directories and it is well worth checking to see if your ancestors feature in the pages.

www.ancestry.co.uk

 

Parish Mouse

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Until now the only time I have come across a parish mouse is when I have been handling original registers and found nibbling around the edges and a certain, distinctive mousey odour !!

However today I have come across the Parish Mouse website where this particular mouse is putting online transcripts from historical books that he/she has collected over the years. What a lovely idea and how generous of the Mouse to share with fellow family historians.

I had a look around the site, but couldn’t find a name for Parish Mouse, does anyone know who it is ?

http://parishmouse.co.uk/

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Irish Directories now online

 

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Origins Network has announced that additional Directories of Ireland are now available online on their website.

For Irish history and Irish genealogy researchers directories are a vital tool.
Two new directories have been added to Irish Origins:

  •               Slater’s 1894
  •               Henderson’s Ulster Directory 1856

http://www.originsnetwork.com/BOWelcome.aspx?boxid=14&AID=7169041&PID=3300142

 

 

Historical Directories

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A wide range of trade directories for England & Wales. Dates range from 1700’s to the early 1900’s. A great way to locate ancestors between the census in the 19th century. Funded by the Lottery Fund and maintained by Leicester University.

http://www.historicaldirectories.org/hd/