This database is a collection of directories for various areas of the United Kingdom from the 1700s to the 1900s. Various types of directories exist, including:
- Street: listing of residents, businesses, and tradesmen according to street address
- Commercial: includes businesses, but may also include private residences; generally an alphabetical listing of traders
- Trade: not just for businesses, but anyone with a recognized trade or profession; an alphabetical listing of trades and businesses
- Court: lists wealthy residents and government officials
- Post Office: listing of householder's names and addresses
Many directories are named after the publishers, such as Pigot and Kelly. Most directories originally included maps. Over time, many of these maps were removed. Where still available as part of a directory, the maps are included in this database. The database is searchable at http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=3145
The page advises that for a list of the directories contained in the collection, you should visit http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/dbextra.aspx?dbid=3145. However, this is incomplete. There is no mention of all the various Perth trade directories from 1837 to 1974 (lots of gaps), for example, nor the various directories for Fife. I've no idea if the English or Welsh holdings are all listed on the page. Nothing is in the collection for Northern Ireland, unless it's in one of the UK volumes.
Other Ancestry directories databases:
U.K., City and County Directories, 1600s-1900s
U.K. and U.S. Directories, 1680-1830
UK, Midlands and Various UK Trade Directories, 1770-1941
British Phone Books, 1880-1984
And many, many more...
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