Monday, May 14, 2007

Directories like Kelly's

Old Books as Primary Genealogy Sources - Directories:

"Is my ancestor going to be found in a directory?

Not necessarily. The early directories included people with trades. This doesn't mean just businesses and shops, but anyone with a recognised trade, such as a chimney sweep, a teacher, or a dress maker working from home.
Apprentices and labourers were not included, although in the later post 1900 directories, that had street listings of people in major towns, such people were included. (Ironically, the 1791 Universal British Directory does include some labourers). In any case, only the head of household was listed in a directory, not wives or children, and not lodgers."

also useful as census substitutes


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