Wednesday 31 October 2012

Directories and discounts from Origins

You may remember from my BTOP Review (1) that a bunch of Dublin Directories is being prepared, courtesy of Dublin City Library & Archives, for upload to The collection mentioned at one of the lectures I attended included the 1890 to 1900 directories and these were expected to be online by the end of the year.

Well, lo and behold, has just released a cracking collection of 25 Dublin directories, specifically Thom's Irish Almanac and Official Directory for the year 1844 to 1870 inclusive. So not those that were promised, but who's complaining?

A further 151 directories, covering the years 1636 to 1900, are being prepared for upload in the coming months. Aside of the 1890 to 1900 editions of Thom's that we already know are in the pipe, the additional directories will mostly be more from Thom's or The Treble Almanacks (The Gentleman and Citizen's Almanack (Watson's) and The English Registry and Wilson's Dublin Directory). See this comprehensive listing.

Not content with this terrific Halloween gift, the database is also offering a very welcome and not-at-all spooky 20% discount on all subscriptions from today until 7 November.

To take advantage of this offer, enter the code Hall2012 in the promotional box on the checkout or sign up pages once you have chosen your subscription package.