Thursday, November 29, 2007

British Historic phonebooks

Historic phonebooks go online: "British phonebooks stretching back to the last century are going online to help people learn more about their ancestors. More than 1,780 BT phonebooks dating to 1880 have been digitised by The website says the project, which took more than two years to complete, will allow family researchers to trace where their ancestors lived at a given time and place. More than 280 million names and numbers are featured on the database, including one or two famous ones. Notable Britons having their phone numbers and address revealed include former prime ministers David Lloyd George and Harold Macmillan, suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst and novelist Evelyn Waugh. Simon Harper, managing director of, said that the project provided 'solid evidence' of where people's ancestors may have lived. 'It was an enormous undertaking to scan and index the 1,780 phone books, however we believe that this resource will be of great interest and use to people around the world,' he explained."

most useful as a census substiute after 1901
British Phone Books, 1880-1984 Releases 1-4 -

Source Information: British Phone Books, 1880-1984 Releases 1-4 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: British phone books 1880-1984 from the collection held by BT Archives. Images reproduced by courtesy of BT Archives, London, England.
About British Phone Books, 1880-1984 Releases 1-4
This collection contains British phone books published between 1880, the year after the public telephone service was introduced to the UK, and 1984, from the historic phone book collection held by BT Archives. The database currently contains 1780 phone...

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