Friday, 7 November 2014

FindMyPast adds Thom's Directory 1844-1900

Thom's Directory is a useful census-substitute for
those with Dublin ancestors
The latest bundle of goodies launched under the FindMyPast Friday banner includes a 56-year spread, from 1844–1900, of Thom's Directory, one of the most useful census-substitutes for tracing family in 19th-century Dublin.

Thom's is a street directory and almanac that lists the merchants, clergy, lawyers, gentlemen, masons, blacksmiths and more who were working and living in the capital during the edition year.

While it doesn't include details of other household members, it includes most heads of households and businesses, street by steet. The only people are excluded, as ever, are the poor and those who subsisted on a small holding without a specific trade or specialism.

This latest addition from FindMyPast consists of more than 86,000 pages. They can be searched by name (bear in mind that people often appear in twice in any one publication – once in the street listing and once in the profession listing), by year of publication, and by section of a specific edition ie the Ecclesiastical Directory, Colleges: Medicine & Surgery, Trades Directory, County Directory etc.

(See details of this weekend's free access offer from FindMyPast here.)