Trade Directories can be useful when researching members of the gentry, and the professional, merchant and trading classes. They can help locate where exactly in the larger towns a family lived and can be the only precise indication of occupation.
Classes excluded from this include: small tenant farmers, landless labourers and servants. It is worth noting that every entry is at least 6 months out of date by the time of publication. Trade Directories for Dublin and the rest of Ireland can be found in the National Library of Ireland and the National Archives of Ireland, as well as Galway City Library.
They can also be accessed online here:
Some useful directories include:
- The Gentlemen’s and Citizen’s Almanack (1736 -1844)
- Wilson’s Directory (1751 to 1837 with a break 1754-59)
- Watson’s Almanack, Wilson’s Directory and the English Court Registry bound together and known as ‘The Treble Almanack’ (1787-1837)
- Pettigrew and Oultons Dublin Almanac and General Register of Ireland (1834) (this included street by street listing, clubs, societies, clergy etc.)
- Thom’s Irish Almanac and Official Directory (1844 to the present). The 1870 edition includes nationwide lists: army officers, attorneys, doctors, etc. Generally a Dublin directory, it can also be useful for the entire country.
- Pigot & Co Provincial Directory of Ireland (1820 and 1824) and Slater’s Commercial Directory of Ireland (1846, 56, 70, 81, 94) were country-wide publications. Very little exists before the introduction of the Pigot & Co. Directory.
- Although not strictly directories, the following are also useful: George Taylor and Andrew Skinners, Road Maps of Ireland, (1778), William Wilson, The Post Chaise Companion (1786), Ambrose Leet’s Directory (1812, 1814)