The East India Register & Directory 1844 have just released…………………..

The East India Register & Directory 1844 and Thacker’s Indian Directory 1895

The East India Company started out as a commercial trading venture, but gradually took on governmental and military functions until the British Crown took direct control following the Indian Rebellion of 1857. This register is a fascinating record of the company rules and regulations, as well as a directory of the company’s servants, detailing their appointments and lists of their casualties. Among the material of great interest to the family historian are military lists, and even records of births, marriages and deaths that took place among the European community in India.

Thacker’s Indian Directory of 1895 is an almanac of British and foreign merchants, commercial industry, military, railways, government departments and European and prominent native residents. If you know of an ancestor that may have been in India at this time, this directory can help you find out about their life, where they lived and what they was doing. This is the first time these collections have been made available to search online, so all you need to do is type in a name or keyword.

Start searching The East India Register & Directory 1844 or Thacker’s Indian Directory 1895

Cyclopedia of New Zealand now online

Cyclopedia of NZThe NZ Electronic Text centre have put the Cyclopedia of NZ online for all to see. A great resource for Kiwi researchers. The front page reads as follows………….

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand was published in six volumes between 1897 and 1908 by the Cyclopedia Company Ltd. Each volume deals with a region of New Zealand and includes information on local towns and districts, government departments, individuals, businesses, clubs and societies. Biographical entries frequently include the subject’s date and place of birth, the name of the ship by which immigrants arrived, spouse’s name, and the number and gender of children born to a couple.



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NSW PO Directory 1832 & Calendar

The following 1832 Post Office Directory & Calendar is now available on

NSW Calendar and PO Directory, 1832
This directory was first published in 1966 by The Trustees of The Public Library of New South Wales. It was originally compiled by James Raymond, the Postmaster of NSW, primarily as a reference book for use in his own department. It was the first publication of this nature to include a directory of householders.
The collection contains images of the pages in the original book including a map of Sydney from 1831. There are 291 page images and 2,500 names in the directory which is fully word-searchable.


NZ hasn’t kept any of it’s historical census so directories and electoral rolls are the next best thing available to a researcher.



Gazettes online

London, Edinburgh & Belfast gazetteers online. A small number of mainly C17 and C18 London Gazettes have not been OCRd and can only be found by date or issue number. Can make for very interesting reading.


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