Ulster Street Directories 1819 – 1900


The Public Record of Northern Ireland have released online 29 street directories for Belfast and nearby towns. They can be searched and viewed for free. Great resource for tradesmen, shops, businesses and general background information.


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New Zealand Electronic Text Centre


imageBased at Victoria University, Wellington this website offers much of interest to the family historian. Includes are a number of 19th century directories, trade encyclopaedias and 50+ of the most important books on NZ published between 1800 – 1860. 





Irish Directories now online



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




Historical Directories



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.




Crockford’s Clerical Directory

Ancestry.co.uk now have available online …………………………………

imageDo you have a clergyman in your family tree? Search the Crockford’s Clerical Dictionary which contains around 250,000 names, and find out where they studied, where they worked, and where they lived.

This collection contains biographies of UK Anglican clergy and details of English, Welsh, and Irish beneficiaries and churches, although clergy who qualified in the UK, may have travelled anywhere in the world to practise.

Crockford’s Directories first appeared in 1858 and are still published today. Whilst more recent biographies from 1968 are available, this is the first time that historic collections have been made available online. Ancestry currently has six complete directories dated 1868, 1874, 1885, 1898, 1908 and 1932 available.

 Crockford’s Directories 1868 – 1898