This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 100,000 pages of Directories & Almanac records covering 300 years of history in the UK, Ireland, Australasia and the British Colonies as well as 6 brand new Irish Newspaper titles and over 724,000 new articles.

Britain, Directories & Almanacs

Britain, Directories & Almanacs allows you to explore 112 volumes of fascinating documents spanning three centuries. They include a wide variety of records ranging from trade directories and county guides to almanacs and general directories. Almanacs and directories are an excellent resource for anyone researching their family history and can provide unique insights into how your ancestors lived.

They can include topographical accounts of towns, social statistics and comprehensive guides of local areas as well as full listings of gentry, business owners, trades people, civil servants, church leaders, school teachers and much more! You can also uncover the history of your home and uncover previous proprietors.

Included in the collection is Colonial Office Lists from 1863 and 1870. It includes both lists of officers and those working within the civil establishment throughout the British Empire and can even provide geographical details and histories of regions such as Barbardos, the Cape of Good Hope, Dominica, Malta, Nova scotia, New South Wales and Trinidad. In the edition below, we discover ‘Sir Charles Nicholson who emigrated to Australia in 1834 and became a physician. He was later elected a member of the first legislative council of New South Wales in 1843 and was three times chosen for the office of speaker from 1845 to 1856. In 1861, he was the provost of the University of Sydney.’

Colonial Office List 1870

The collection is formed from records held by the Anguline Research Archives, Gould Genealogy, Yorkshire Ancestors and Eneclann. There are also a significant number of Irish records taken from Dod's peerage, baronetage and knightage of Great Britain and Ireland  and Thom’s Official Directory for Great Britain & Ireland, 1914 – A directory for both Great Britain and Ireland which includes social and economic statistics for all countries involved.

Each record consists of a PDF image of the original document that can reveal where your ancestor lived, where they worked and whether they owned a business. A Transcript box will also be displayed to the left of the image that will clearly mark the title of the publication, where the publication is based and an image number to help you to explore the publication further.

A full list of the many sources that make up the collection is available on our dedicated search page.

Irish Newspapers

Discover if your Irish ancestors ever made the papers and explore 6 brand new titles and over 724,000 new articles, now available to search in our collection of historic Irish Newspapers. These latest additions include titles from several countries as well as a national publication – The Evening Freeman.

The Evening Freeman

New articles have also been added to existing titles including substantial updates to the Belfast Commercial Chronicle, Clare Journal, Ennis Advertiser and The Pilot. The entire collection now contains more than 10.5 million fully searchable articles, covers over 230 years of Irish history (1719-1950) and currently includes 88 titles.

Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Friday’s page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.