Sunday, 6 October 2013

Historical Directories site gets revamped

The University of Leicester's Historical Directories website, which carries historic trade directories for England and Wales, is getting a major revamp at

From the site:

Historical Directories is changing. Please read on to find out more or continue to the test version of the new Historical Directories Collection, part of our Special Collections Online. The previous version of will remain available for a limited period.

Update, 5 September 2013: We are aware of some issues with searching on the new system and are working to resolve these. Feedback on the new service is welcomed, and can be sent to

The directories are now accessible directly at - that's a bit of a mouthful though, so hopefully it will take on the old URL address as a point of access in due course.

(With thanks to Dave Reineri of the Newport News in Virginia, USA)


My latest book, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, is now available from (print) and (ebook), whilst Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available at My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, starts Nov 13th - see

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