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Irish Resources for Family Historians: Directories

This State Library of South Australia guide highlights resources available at the Library as well as various databases and websites that may assist your search for ancestors in Ireland

Directory Advertisement Example

Taken from the 1842-43 (Jackson's) County and City of Cork Post Office General Directory.

Londonderry Corporation Minute Books 1673 - 1901

The earliest minute volume dates from 1673. The original hard-copy Corporation minute books are housed in two locations – volumes covering the period 1673 to 1841 reside at (Public Records Office of Northern Ireland) PRONI in Belfast, while the later volumes from 1841 to 1969 are kept in the Foyle Valley Railway Museum. To enable increased access to the 1673-1901 part of the early minute book collection, a partnership was established in December 2009 between PRONI and the Derry City Council Archive to produce digital copies which could be accessed online. This online resource is the product of the partnership.
Each minute book begins with the date of the meeting of the Common Council and a list of those members in attendance.

Available at the Library

Find My Past - Directories

The State Library of South Australia subscribes to the Find My Past database which may be accessed within the Library.  This database contains:

  • George Bassett, County Down Guide and Directory for 1886
  • George Bassett, Kilkenny City and County Guide and Directory for 1884
  • George Bassett, Limerick City and County and Principal Towns in the Counties of Clare, Tipperary and Kerry for 1881
  • George Bassett, Louth County Guide and Directory for 1886
  • George Bassett, The Book of Antrim (1888)
  • George Bassett, The Book of County Armagh (1988)
  • George Bassett, Wexford County Guide and Directory for 1885
  • Guy's Directory of Munster, 1893
  • Guy's Limerick Directory, 1912
  • Harvey's Waterford Almanac and Directory for 1866
  • Henderson's Belfast Directory for 1850
  • Henry & Coughlan's General Directory of Cork and Munster for 1867
  • I. Slater, National Commercial Directory of Ireland (1846)
  • Ireland Medical Directory 1852
  • Ireland, Thom's Directory, 1844-1900
  • James Alexander Henderson, The Belfast and Province of Ulster Directory for 1856
  • John Watson Stewart, The Gentleman's and Citizen's Almanack for the year 1814
  • Leet's Directory, 2nd ed., 1814
  • Macloskie's Directory of Fermanagh, 1848
  • Matier's Belfast Directory for 1835-6
  • Pettigrew & Coulton, Dublin Almanac & General Register of Ireland, 1845
  • Pettigrew & Coulton, Dublin Almanac & General Register of Ireland, 1835-1845
  • Pettigrew & Coulton, Dublin Almanac & General Register of Ireland, 1835
  • Pigot & Co, City of Dublin and Hibernian Provincial Directory, 1824
  • Quakers Annual Monitor 1849
  • Shearman's Directory of Waterford, Kilkenny and The Southeast, 1839
  • Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory of Ireland, 1870
  • Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory of Ireland,  1881
  • Slater's Royal National Directory of Ireland, 1894
  • Sligo Independent Newspaper, County Directory, Almanac and Guide, 1889
  • The King's County Directory, 1890
  • The Post Office Annual Directory and Calendar, Dublin, 1843
  • The Post Office Dublin Directory and Calendar for 1858
  • The Sligo Chronicle Almanac and Directory for 1878
  • The Treble Almanac, 1812, 1818, 1822 and 1829
  • Thom's Irish Almanac, 1880
  • Thom's Irish Almanac and Official Directory of Ireland, 1868
  • Thom's Official Directory of Ireland, 1910
  • Treble Almanack and Dublic Directory, 1783

Street Directories 1819 - 1900 online

The digitised street directories featured on this website consist of original volumes held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) covering the years 1819 to 1900.

They are searchable by keyword and year.