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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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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

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

1908 Kellys Cambridgeshire Directory

Cambridgeshire, Kellys Directory, 1916

Channel Islands

1899 Channel Isles Kelly's Directory

Kelly's 1923 Channel Islands Directory

Cheshire

1828 Cheshire Pigot's Directory

1914 Cheshire Kelly's Directory

Kelly's Cheshire Directory, 1923

Cumberland

1828 Cumberland Pigot's Directory

1847 Cumberland Directory

1894 Cumberland Kelly's Directory

1901 Cumberland Bulmer's Directory

1925 Cumberland Kelly's Directory

Kelly's 1929 Cumberland Directory

Kelly's Cumberland & Westmorland Directory 1897

Derbyshire

1828 Derbyshire Pigot's Directory

1850 Derbyshire Slater's Royal Directory

1857 Derbyshire White'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

Billing's 1857 Devonshire Directory & Gazetteer

Kelly's Plymouth Directory, 1937

Dorset

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

Durham

1894 Durham Kelly's 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

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

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

1913-1914 Southampton Kelly's Directory

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

Kelly's 1912 Directory of Hampshire

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

Kelly's Hertfordshire Post Office Directory 1878

Huntingdonshire

Huntingdonshire, Kelly's Directory 1894

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

Lancashire, Manchester Slaters Directory 1865

North East Lancashire with Bury and District, 1876

Leicestershire

1835 Pigot's Leicestershire Directory

1850 Leicestershire Slater's Royal Directory

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 Lincolnshire Directory 1933

Kelly's Lincolnshire Directory, 1930

Lincolnshire, Kelly's Directory, 1876

London

1677 Little London Directory

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

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

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

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

1936 Directory of Directors

Thom's British Directory 1873

Norfolk

1858 Norfolk Kelly's Post Office Directory

1929 Kelly's Directory of Norfolk

Kelly's 1937 Directory Of Norfolk

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

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

Nottinghamshire

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

1835 Pigot's Rutland Directory

1850 Rutland Slater's Royal Directory

1925 Rutland Kelly's Directory

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

Staffordshire

1835 Pigot's Staffordshire Directory

1850 Staffordshire Slater's Royal Directory

1901 Staffordshire Deacon's County Blue Book

Suffolk

1858 Suffolk Kelly's Post Office Directory

1912 Suffolk Kelly's Directory

1929 Kelly's Directory of Suffolk

1937 Suffolk Kelly's Trade Directory

Kelly's 1916 Suffolk Directory

Kelly's Suffolk Directory, 1892

White's 1844 Directory

Surrey

1839 Surrey Pigot's Directory

1938 Kelly's Directory Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Sussex

1839 Sussex Pigot's 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

1913 Cardiff 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

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

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

1901 Worcestershire Deacon's County Blue Book

Worcestershire Post Office Directory 1850

Yorkshire

1822 York & Ainsty Directory

1822 Yorkshire East Riding Directory

1830 Leeds Parson & White's Directory

1861 Leeds & Bradford White's Directory

1871 Sheffield Directory

1890 Bulmer's North Yorkshire Directory

1892 Bulmer's East Yorkshire Directory

1892 Hull Directory

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

1920 Bradford and District Directory

1921 Bradford Directory

1921 N and E Ridings Yorkshire Directory

1923 Leeds Alphabetical Directory

Whites Kingston-upon-Hull 1846

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