Resources are both a research tool and a valuable insight
into your ancestors and what governed their lives.
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
Watkins directories of London competed
with Pigot and Kelly and produced directories that show occupations and
go street by street showing residents.
Bulmer directories have a larger
history section than others, normally before the directory information.
In Kelly's directories residents will also be listed. 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. The
later Kelly directories from 1890 onwards contain more residents and these
are sometimes put in a section called the Court Directory.
Finally the Post
Office Directories in the 1900's gave fairly complete listings
for the residents and tradespeople of an area.
S&N publish directories on CD ROM in Acrobat format which can be read on PC,
Mac or Unix computers. They are searchable for most years apart from ones
earlier than 1830 where poor quality typefaces or typesetting prevent
them from being searchable.
Stone Directory CDs
These contain the images of pages in folders on the CD, and are not searchable
by name. They can be browsed using Windows Explorer. They are marked as a 'Stepping Stone Publication' in the description.
19th & 20th Century London Post Office Directories
We have a selection of post office directories for London covering the 19th and 20th centuries. These an invaluable when tracing ancestors in the 20th century, as census records for these times are not yet available.
Our coverage for London includes directories for
1925 vol 1 & vol 2,
1927 vol 1 & vol 2,
1928 vol 1 & vol 2,
1930 vol 1 & vol 2,
1932 vol 1 & vol 2,
1936 vol 1 & vol 2,
1939 and 1940,
with more to follow.