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Directory Resources are both a research tool and a valuable insight into the lives of our ancestors and what governed their lives. The range of dates directories cover is much greater than the census, and although they are not as detailed, they are an invaluable tool.

Early Directories Pigot directories start around 1820 and cover the major professions, nobility, gentry, clergy, coach and carrier services, Taverns and Public houses of the areas. Entries include the name, trade and address. Slater directories tend to be larger than the Pigots and cover the 1850s in a similar manner.

Watkins Directories of London are more comprehensive and show residents street by street giving more detail such as occupations. Bulmer Directories have a larger history section than others, normally before the directory information. Kelly's directories often show residents. There are sections on each major town and surrounding villages, with a history of the area in a great deal of detail as you would find in a gazetteer. Information on the main trades, the chief land owners, the type of soil and even the coverage dates of parish registers can also appear.

Later Directories 1890 onwards In the later Kelly directories more detail is given on residents, these are sometimes put in a section called Court Directory. Finally the Post Office Directories in the 1900's gave fairly complete listings for the residents and tradespeople of an area.

"Directories were originally aimed at commercial travellers and usually contained general descriptions of a city, town or village and its communications (stagecoach and railway connections). An entry for a place then listed its churches, schools, inns, Justices of the Peace, other prominent residents, farmers, shopkeepers and other traders. Advertisements from tradesmen were often included."
- extract from Ancestral Trails by Mark Herber, click here to read more.

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America

1786 America, New York Directory

1835-6 America, Directory of Newark

1867 America, Vermont Directory

Langley's San Francisco Directory May 1887

Australia

1924 Melbourne Telephone Directory

1934 (May) Melbourne Telephone Directory

1934 Telephone Directory Brisbane

1936 (November) Melbourne Telephone Directory

Bedfordshire

1885 Bedfordshire Kelly's Directory

1898 Kelly's Bedfordshire Directory

Kelly's Bedfordshire Directory, 1903

Berkshire

1830 Berkshire Pigot's

1899 Berkshire Kelly's Directory

1907 Berkshire Kelly's Directory

1911 Berkshire Kelly's Directory

1915 Berkshire Kelly's Directory

Kelly's 1931 Berkshire Directory

Kelly's Berkshire Directory, 1939

Kelly's Directory of Berkshire 1915

Kelly's Directory of Berkshire 1920

March 1939, Reading Telephone Directory

British

Post Office Telephone Directory for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, July 1907

Buckinghamshire

1830 Buckinghamshire Pigot's

1883 Bucks, Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire

1907 Buckinghamshire Kelly's Directory

1911 Kelly's Buckinghamshire Directory

1915 Buckinghamshire Kelly's Directory

1935 Kelly's Buckinghamshire Directory

Kelly's 1864 Buckinghamshire Directory

Kelly's 1928 Buckinghamshire Directory

Kelly's Buckinghamshire Directory 1877

Kelly's Buckinghamshire Directory, 1939

Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire 1915

Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire 1920

Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire 1931

Pigots Directory of Buckinghamshire 1844

Cambridgeshire

1538-1837 Cambridge BMD Directory

1851 Cambridgeshire Directory

1858 Cambridgeshire Kelly's Post Office Directory

1892 Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk Deacons Court Guide and County Blue Book

1908 Kellys Cambridgeshire Directory

1925 Cambridgeshire, Kelly's Directory

Cambridgeshire, Kellys Directory, 1916

Kelly's Directory of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk 1922

Channel Islands

1899 Channel Isles Kelly's Directory

1911 Channel Isles Kelly's Directory

Kelly's 1923 Channel Islands Directory

Kelly's 1939 Channel Islands Directory

Cheshire

1828 Cheshire Pigot's Directory

1876 Cassey's Directory of Chester

1914 Cheshire Kelly's Directory

Cheshire - History, Gazetter and Directory 1860

Kelly's Cheshire Directory, 1923

Cornwall

1896 Devon & Cornwall Deacon's Court Guide and County Blue Book

Cumberland

1828 Cumberland Pigot's Directory

1847 Cumberland Directory

1883 Bulmer's Cumberland (West), History and Directory

1884 Bulmer's Cumberland (East), History and Directory

1894 Cumberland Kelly's Directory

1901 Cumberland Bulmer's Directory

1925 Cumberland Kelly's Directory

c.1911 Bulmer's Furness and Cartmel - History, Topography and Directory

Kelly's 1929 Cumberland Directory

Kelly's Cumberland & Westmorland Directory 1897

Kelly's Cumberland and Westmorland Directory 1921

Derbyshire

1809 Derbyshire Domesday Records

1828 Derbyshire Pigot's Directory

1839 Derbyshire, The History of Chesterfield

1850 Derbyshire Slater's Royal Directory

1857 Derbyshire White's Directory

1899 Derbyshire, Sutton and District Pile's Directory

1912 Derbyshire Kelly's Directory

1925 Derbyshire Kelly's Directory

1941 Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Kelly's Directory

Buxton Guide and Directory, 1876

Devon

1765 History Of Exeter Directory

1896 Devon & Cornwall Deacon's Court Guide and County Blue Book

Billing's 1857 Devonshire Directory & Gazetteer

Kelly's Plymouth Directory, 1937

Dorset

1865 Dorset, Harrod and Co's Postal Directory of Dorsetshire

1899 Dorset Kelly's Directory

1911 Dorset Kelly's Directory

1920 Kelly's Dorsetshire Directory

1923 Dorsetshire Directory Kelly's

1935 Dorsetshire Kelly's Directory

Kelly's 1912 Directory of Dorset

March 1940, Bournemouth Telephone Directory

Durham

1894 Durham Kelly's Directory

Kelly's Directory of Durham 1921

Pigot's Durham 1834 Directory

White's Durham and Northumberland Directory 1827

Essex

1862 Essex Post Office Directory

1886 Essex Kelly's Directory

1898 Essex Kelly's Directory

1906 Essex Kelly's Directory

1929 Essex Kelly's Directory

1929 Kelly's Directory of Essex

Kelly's Essex Post Office Directory 1878

September 1939, Chelmsford Telephone Directory

September 1939, Colchester Telephone Directory

September 1939, Southend Telephone Directory

Gloucestershire

1830 Gloucestershire Pigot's

1857 Harper's Cheltenham Directory

1870 Gloucestershire, Kelly's Directory

1906 Gloucestershire Kelly's Directory

1910-1911 Gloucester Smart's Directory

1911 Cheltenham and Gloucestershire Directory Annuaire

1919 Wright's Directory for Bristol

1928 Cheltenham Kelly's Directory

Bristol Guide and Directory 1793-1794

Kelly's 1925 Bristol Directory

Kelly's 1933 Bristol Directory

Wright & Co.'s Bristol 1895 Directory

Hampshire

1830 Hampshire Pigot's

1878 Whites Hampshire Directory

1899 Hampshire Kelly's Directory

1908 Alton and Alresford Directory

1913-1914 Southampton Kelly's Directory

Hampshire, Milford-on-Sea Guide and Directory, 1925

Kelly's 1912 Directory of Hampshire

March 1940, Portsmouth Telephone Directory

March 1940, Southampton, Salisbury and Winchester Telephone Directory

Herefordshire

1835 Pigot's Herefordshire Directory

1850 Herefordshire Slater's Royal Directory

Kelly's 1900 Herefordshire Directory

Kelly's 1934 Herefordshire Directory

Littlebury's 1876-1877 Herefordshire Directory & Gazetteer

Pigot's 1844 Herefordshire Directory

Hertfordshire

1862 Hertfordshire Post Office Directory

1886 Hertfordshire Kelly's Directory

1898 Hertfordshire Kelly's Directory

1914 Hertfordshire Kelly's Directory

1929 Hertfordshire Kelly's Directory

History of Watford and Trade Directory 1884

Kelly's Hertfordshire Post Office Directory 1878

September 1939, Hertford, Bishop's Stortford and District Telephone Directory

Huntingdonshire

1906 Huntingdonshire, Kelly's Directory

Huntingdonshire, Kelly's Directory 1894

India

East India Register and Army List, 1844

East India Register and Army List, 1848

East India Register and Army List, 1851

East India Register and Directory 1829

East India Register and Directory, 1808

East India Register and Directory, 1819

East India Register and Directory, 1832

East India Register and Directory, 1837

East India Register and Directory, 1838

East India Register and Directory, 1840

East India Register and Directory, 1841

Isle Of Wight

March 1940, Isle of Wight Telephone Directory

Kent

1839 Kent Pigot's Directory

1862 Kent Post Office Directory

1931 Bromley Kelly's Directory

1938 Kelly's Directory Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Kelly's 1928 Bromley, Bickley, Chislehurst & Orpington Directory

Kelly's Directory of Banbury 1934

Kelly's Kent 1895

Kent, Kelly's Directory 1895

Lancashire

1772 Manchester Directory

1773 Manchester Directory

1825 Lancashire Baines' Directory

1828 Lancashire Pigot's Directory

1853 Manchester Whellan Directory

1912 Lancashire And District Bulmer's Directory

1927-1928 Southport Seed's Directory

Barrett's 1937 Burnley Directory

Barrett's Burnley and District 1914 Directory

c.1911 Bulmer's Furness and Cartmel - History, Topography and Directory

Lancashire, Manchester Slaters Directory 1865

Liverpool, Gore's Directory, 1805

North East Lancashire with Bury and District, 1876

Leicestershire

1835 Pigot's Leicestershire Directory

1850 Leicestershire Slater's Royal Directory

1876 Leicestershire & Rutland Post Office Directory

1890 Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire Court Guide and County Blue Book

1896 Leicestershire Wright's Street Directory

1912 Leicestershire Kelly's Directory

1925 Leicestershire Kelly's Directory

1941 Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Kelly's Directory

Lincolnshire

1850 Lincolnshire Slater's Royal Directory

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919

Kelly's Lincolnshire Directory 1933

Kelly's Lincolnshire Directory, 1930

Lincolnshire, Kelly's Directory, 1876

London

1677 Little London Directory

1733 London, Westminster, A Survey

1825 Pigot's London and Provincial Towns

1846 Kelly's Post Office Directory

1852 Watkins Alphabetical Directory

1852 Watkins Conveyancy, Parliament, City Directory

1852 Watkins Court, Trade Directory

1852 Watkins Street Directory

1859 Kelly's Post Office Court Directory

1859 Kelly's Post Office Street Directory

1869 Kelly's Post Office Banking Directory

1869 Kelly's Post Office City Directory

1869 Kelly's Post Office Commercial Directory

1869 Kelly's Post Office Conveyancy Directory

1869 Kelly's Post Office Court Directory

1869 Kelly's Post Office Directory (introduction)

1869 Kelly's Post Office Law Directory

1869 Kelly's Post Office Official Directory

1869 Kelly's Post Office Parlimentary Directory

1869 Kelly's Post Office Street Directory

1869 Kelly's Post Office Trade Directory

1880 Kelly's Post Office Court Directory

1880 Kelly's Post Office Street Directory

1905 Kelly's Post Office Court Directory

1905 Kelly's Post Office Court Directory (Suburbs)

1905 Kelly's Post Office Street Directory

1905 Kelly's Post Office Street Directory (Suburbs)

1908 Kelly's Post Office Street Directory

1908 Kelly's Post Office Trade Directory

1908 London, Aldermen of the City of London Vol.I

1908 London, Aldermen of the City of London Vol.II

1910 Kelly's Post Office Law Directory

1910 Kelly's Post Office Street Directory

1910 Kelly's Post Office Trade Directory

1912 London Kelly's Post Office Directory

1916 London Directory

1926 Kelly's London Post Office Street Directory

1926 Kelly's Post Office City Directory

1926 Kelly's Post Office Trade Directory

1929 London, Kelly's Directory of Ilford

1930 Kelly's Post Office Commericial Directory

1930 Kelly's Post Office Street Directory

1930 Kelly's Post Office Trade Directory

1936 Kelly's Post Office Commericial Directory

1936 Kelly's Post Office Trade Directory

1938 Webster's Royal Red Book

1939 Royal Blue Book

1940 Kelly's Post Office Commericial Directory

1940 Kelly's Post Office Street Directory

1940 Kelly's Post Office Trade Directory

Kearsley's London Register 1787

Kelly's 1856 Post Office Directory

Kelly's 1869 Post Office Directory

Kelly's 1906 Post Office Directory

Kelly's 1907 Post Office Directory

Kelly's 1925 Post Office Directory

Kelly's 1925 Post Office Directory Volume 2

Kelly's 1927 Post Office Directory Volume 1

Kelly's 1927 Post Office Directory Volume 2

Kelly's 1928 Post Office Directory Volume 1

Kelly's 1928 Post Office Directory Volume 2

Kelly's 1929 Post Office Directory

Kelly's 1929 Post Office Directory Volume 2

Kelly's 1931 Post Office Directory

Kelly's 1932 Post Office Directory Volume 1

Kelly's 1932 Post Office Directory Volume 2

Kelly's 1933 Post Office Directory

Kelly's 1934 Post Office Directory

Kelly's 1935 Post Office Directory

Kelly's 1936 Post Office Directory

Kelly's 1939 Post Office Directory

Kelly's Directory of Barnet 1919-1920

Kelly's Directory of Brixton and Clapham 1922

London 1921 Post Office Directory

London, Kelly's Directory, 1856

Middlesex

1862 Middlesex Post Office Directory

1898 Middlesex Kelly's Directory

Middlesex, Enfield Kelly's Directory, 1937

Monmouthshire

1835 Pigot's Monmouthshire Directory

1850 Monmouthshire Slater's Royal Directory

National

1899-1900 UK Telephone Directory

1936 Directory of Directors

October 1939, Nottingham, Leicester and Derby, Classified Telephone Directory

Thom's British Directory 1873

Norfolk

1858 Norfolk Kelly's Post Office Directory

1892 Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk Deacons Court Guide and County Blue Book

1929 Kelly's Directory of Norfolk

Kelly's 1937 Directory Of Norfolk

Kelly's Directory of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk 1922

Norfolk, Kellys Directory, 1916

Northamptonshire

1850 Northamptonshire Slater's Royal Directory

Kelly's Northamptonshire Directory, 1898

Northumberland

1890 Northumberland, Kelly's Directory

1894 Northumberland Kelly's Directory

1897 Northumberland, Kelly's Directory

1938 Northumberland, Kelly's Directory

Kelly's Northumberland Directory 1910

Kelly's Northumberland Directory 1921

Kelly's Northumberland Directory 1925

Kelly's Northumberland Directory 1929

Pigot's Northumberland 1834 Directory

Ward's Newcastle-on-Tyne Northumberland, Directory 1910

Nottinghamshire

1809 Nottinghamshire Domesday Records

1828 Nottinghamshire Pigot's Directory

1850 Nottinghamshire Slater's Royal Directory

1912 Nottinghamshire Kelly's Directory

1925 Nottinghamshire Kelly's Directory

1941 Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Kelly's Directory

1956 Nottinghamshire Kelly's Directory

Oxford

Kelly's Directory of Oxford 1920

1830 Oxfordshire Pigot's

1891 Oxfordshire Kelly's Directory

1907 Oxfordshire Kelly's Directory

1911 Kelly's Oxfordshire Directory

1915 Oxfordshire Kelly's Directory

Kelly's Directory of Oxfordshire 1915

Kelly's Oxfordshire Directory 1877

Kelly's Oxfordshire Directory, 1939

Rutland

1809 Rutland Domesday Records

1835 Pigot's Rutland Directory

1850 Rutland Slater's Royal Directory

1925 Rutland Kelly's Directory

Scotland

1773-4 Edinburgh Directory

1783-4 Glasgow Directory

1787 Glasgow Directory

1849-1850 Glasgow Post Office Directory

1851-2 Glasgow Post Office Directory

1857-8 Edinburgh Leith Directory

1861-62 Glasgow Post Office Directory

1874-1875 Glasgow Post Office Directory

1877-1878 Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory

1882-3 Greenock Post Office Directory

1892-1893 Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directory

1893-4 Perth & Perthshire Directory

1913-1914 Glasgow Post Office Directory

1914-1915 Glasgow Post Office Directory

1915 Orkney & Shetland Directory

1923-1924 Aberdeen Post Office Directory

1925-1926 Glasgow Post Office Directory

1930 (Circa) The Official Guide to Edinburgh

1930-31 Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directory

1948-49 Aberdeen Post Office Directory

Post Office Glasgow Directory 1907-1908

Shropshire

1850 Shropshire Slater's Royal Directory

1875 Shropshire Cassey's Directory

1917 Shropshire Kelly's Directory

Kelly's 1934 Shropshire Directory

Pigot's Directory of Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Shropshire 1828-1829

Shrewsbury Kelly's Directory 1940

Somerset

1897 Kelly's Somersetshire and Bristol Directory

Kelly's Directory of Somerset 1923

Post Office Directory of Bath, Somerset 1922

Staffordshire

1835 Pigot's Staffordshire Directory

1850 Staffordshire Slater's Royal Directory

1888 Kelly's Directory Staffordshire

1901 Staffordshire Deacon's County Blue Book

Staffordshire Post Office Directory 1850

Suffolk

1855 History, Gazetteer and Directory of Suffolk

1858 Suffolk Kelly's Post Office Directory

1892 Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk Deacons Court Guide and County Blue Book

1912 Suffolk Kelly's Directory

1929 Kelly's Directory of Suffolk

1937 Suffolk Kelly's Trade Directory

Kelly's 1916 Suffolk Directory

Kelly's Directory of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk 1922

Kelly's Suffolk Directory, 1892

September 1939, Ipswich Telephone Directory

White's 1844 Directory

Surrey

1839 Surrey Pigot's Directory

1938 Kelly's Directory Kent, Surrey, Sussex

September 1939, Surrey, Dorking Local Telephone Directory

Sussex

1839 Sussex Pigot's Directory

1911 Kelly's Sussex Directory

1922 Sussex Kelly's Directory

1924 Sussex Kelly's Directory

1938 Kelly's Directory Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Sussex, Kelly's Directory 1878

Wales

1835 Pigot's North Wales Directory

1835 Pigot's South Wales Directory

1844 Pigot's North Wales Directory

1844 Pigot's South Wales Directory

1876 Cassey's Directory of the Chief Towns in North Wales

1913 Cardiff Directory

South Wales District, England. September 1938 Telephone Directory

Warwickshire

1835 Pigot's Warwickshire Directory

1849 Birmingham Whites Directory

1850 Warwickshire Slater's Royal Directory

1868 Warwickshire, Kelly's Post Office Directory

1874 Warwickshire White's Directory

1901 Warwickshire Deacon's County Blue Book

1903 Warwickshire, Kelly's Directory of Birmingham

1933 Warwick & Leamington Spa Kelly's Directory

Birmingham Post Office Directory 1850

Westmorland

1828 Westmorland Pigot's Directory

1855 Westmorland Slater's Directory

1894 Westmorland Kelly's Directory

1906 Westmorland, Kelly's Directory

1925 Westmorland Kelly's Directory

Kelly's 1929 Westmorland Directory

Kelly's Cumberland and Westmorland Directory 1921

Wiltshire

1899 Wiltshire Kelly's Directory

1911 Wiltshire Kelly's Directory

1923 Wiltshire Kelly's Directory

Kelly's 1912 Directory of Wiltshire

Worcestershire

1835 Pigot's Worcestershire Directory

1850 Worcestershire Slater's Royal Directory

1873 Worcestershire Littlebury's Directory

1889 Worcestershire, Kidderminster Guide and Directory

1901 Worcestershire Deacon's County Blue Book

1921 Worcestershire Kelly's Directory

Worcestershire Post Office Directory 1850

Yorkshire

1822 York & Ainsty Directory

1822 Yorkshire East Riding Directory

1822 Yorkshire North Riding Directory

1830 Leeds Parson & White's Directory

1840 Yorkshire, History of the East and North Ridings

1861 Leeds & Bradford White's Directory

1871 Sheffield Directory

1872 Johnson and Tesseyman's York Directory

1890 Bulmer's North Yorkshire Directory

1892 Bulmer's East Yorkshire Directory

1892 Hull Directory

1900-1901 Yorkshire Phone Book

1906 Bradford Alphabetical Directory

1906 Bradford Street Directory

1906 Bradford Trade Directory

1907 Leeds Alphabetical Directory

1909 Hull Directory

1909 York Street and Trade Directory

1913 Directory of the North and East Ridings of Yorkshire

1920 Bradford and District Directory

1921 Bradford Directory

1921 N and E Ridings Yorkshire Directory

1923 Leeds Alphabetical Directory

1923 Leeds Street Directory

1936 Kelly's Directory of Bradford and Suburbs

Barnsley & District Directory 1902

Bradford District Trade Directory 1920-1921

Bradford Trade Directory 1920-1921

Domesday record for York, 1809

Gent's History of Hull 1735

Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury 1863-1864 Mercantile Directory

Historic Sketch of the Town of Sheffield 1822

Huddersfield County Borough Directory 1937

Huddersfield Directory 1937

Hull Directory 1872

Hull Directory 1897

Kelly's Directory of Bradford 1927

Kelly's Directory of North Riding Yorkshire 1897

Leeds Directory 1907

Leeds Trade Directory 1837

Mercentile Bradford 1863

Pigot's Yorkshire 1834 Directory

Sheffield and District Directory 1912

The East Riding of Yorkshire Directory 1897

The Post Office Bradford Directory, 1921

Whites Kingston-upon-Hull 1846

York Directory 1897

Yorkshire - Leeds & Bradford Directory circa 1861

Yorkshire & the Northern Province Phone Book [1900-01]

Yorkshire Who's Who's, 1912

Yorkshire, History, Directory and Gazetteer 1822 (Vol.1 West Riding)

Yorkshire, History, Directory and Gazetteer 1823 (Vol.2 East and North Ridings)

Yorkshire, West Riding 1936 Kellys Directory

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