Directories - Sources of Irish Genealogy

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Irish directories, depending on those areas and classes which they cover, are an excellent source of genealogical information and quite often provide ancestral data that is not available elsewhere. The most practical use that directories provide is that the researcher can find out where precisely, in the larger Irish towns a family once lived. For members of the gentry and the professional, merchant and trading classes, directories can show much more, supplying indirect evidence of reversals of fortune or growing prosperity, of death and emigration. The only classes totally excluded from all Irish directories are, as usual, the poorer classes such as small tenant farmers, landless labourers, and servants. All other classes other than these are at least partly included especially in many of the surviving nineteenth-century directories.

Dublin Directories

The Gentleman's and Citizen's Almanack was first published in Dublin in 1736 and continued to 1844. However the first true trade directories began in 1751 and was published by Peter Wilson of Dublin city. Initially the information supplied in Wilson's Directory consisted only of alphabetical lists of merchants and traders, providing name address and occupation.

These directories as well as others to appear in Dublin are listed below:

  • 1751-1837: Wilson's Directory, from 1787, issued as part of the Treble Almanack.
  • 1834-1849: Pettigrew and Oultan's Dublin Almanac and Official Directory.
  • There were also country wide directories published form 1820, especially the Pigot's and Slater's directories respectively.

    Country-Wide Directories

    Until the Pigot and Co directories of the early nineteenth-century, very little exists that covers the entire county of Ireland. The earliest country-wide directory first appeared in 1820 and was Pigot's Commercial Directory of Ireland. This publication lists the towns of Ireland alphabetically, supplying names of nobility and gentry living in or close to the town, and arranging the traders of each town according to their trade. Pigot published a second edition in 1824 and his successor, Slater's expanded versions in 1846, 1856, 1870, 1881 and 1894. These followed the same basic format, alphabetically dealing with towns and villages within each of Ireland's four provinces. With each new edition the scope of the directory steadily grew, including more towns and villages.


    Major Sources of Irish Ancestry

    Church Records Land Records Directories
    Registry of Deeds Wills Emigration Records
    Newspapers

    Genealogy Sources for each Irish County

    Antrim Armagh Carlow Cavan
    Clare Cork Derry (Londonderry) Donegal
    Down Dublin Fermanagh Galway
    Kerry Kildare Kilkenny Laois
    Leitrim Limerick Longford Louth
    Mayo Meath Monaghan Offaly
    Roscommon Sligo Tipperary Tyrone
    Waterford Westmeath Wexford Wicklow

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