Monday 15 May 2017

Thom's Irish Almanacs and Directories on Ancestry

I'm still catching up on some recent developments, but this seems a fairly significant one - a new collection on Ancestry (, released in mid-March, called Ireland, City and Regional Directories, 1847-1946, available at

The collection consists of Thom's Irish Almanac and Official Directory, and covers all of Ireland, north and south, both before and after partition, as well as Britain. Here's the blurb on Ancestry about the set:

Alexander Thom published the first Thom’s Irish Almanac and Official Directory in 1844. Over the next one hundred years, it grew to include a Dublin street directory, volumes listing the names, addresses, and occupations for residents of other towns and districts in the country, and a wide variety of happenings, institutions, businesses, and departments for Ireland and the UK, including the following:

* County fairs and markets in Ireland
* Parliamentarian directories
* Civil service and law directories for Great Britain
* Navy, army, and militia directories
* Colonial directories
* Universities, colleges, schools
* Churches and ecclesiastical directories
* County and borough directories
* Postal directory
* Peerages

Within the collection, you will be able to find names, places and dates of residence and often an occupation is given as well.

Well worth exploring.


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