Tuesday 27 August 2013

More useful resources added to Cork Past & Present

From Guy's Directory 1935
Cork City Libraries has added more very useful resources to its excellent Cork Past and Present free online catalogue. They are:

Guy's Directory for both 1925 and 1935 are the latest publications to join the Historical Directories line-up, now 20 strong. They can be viewed on screen as a flip-page book or downloaded as a pdf.

Volume VI of The Civil Survey, 1654-1656, holds information on Muskerry Barony and a valuation for Cork city, as well as valutions for Kilkenny city and Liberties, and detailed survey records for County Waterford.

Reports, guides and catalogues to Cork Trade Exhibitions 1852 to 1903 can be downloaded as (big) pdfs or viewed as flip-page books on-screen. These publications present a lot of indepth statistical information for numerous trade sectors and even social conditions. The Cork exhibition was initially intended to stimulate the local economy after The Famine.

Planning Cork City is a new section on the site where you can view Cork: a civic survey (1926) and the 1941 Cork town planning report.

Cork street name changes 1730-2013: a very useful list worth consulting if you can't seem to identify your ancestors in any directories or census records. Donated by Tom Spalding, who compiled the list while researching for his book Layers: the Design, History & Meaning of Public Street Signage in Cork & other Irish cities, it covers those streets outside the medieval core, which are accounted for in another book on the site.