Kelly's Directories Project Complete

Forebears have completed a project to digitise one edition of Kelly's Directory for each county in England and the directory for South Wales. Most of the selected directories were published around the year 1900. Slater's Directory of North & Mid Wales has also been digitised, as Kelly's did not publish a directory for this area. Forebears will shortly commence a further digitisation project focusing on a different time period.

The directories comprise the second largest topographical, historical and descriptive work of English and Welsh settlements, being comprised of over 8.75 million words.

Kelly's directories are particularly useful to genealogists as they list the relevant civil and ecclesiastical jurisdictions a settlement fell under. They also list other institutions and businesses, as well as local land owners, which can help family historians identify more unorthodox records.

Below is a table listing the editions of Kelly's and other descriptive works available on the site. Clicking on the title will take you through to a page listing entries in that directory.

TitlePublished
Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire1898
Kelly's Directory of Berkshire1899
Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire1899
Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire1904
Kelly's Directory of Cheshire1896
Kelly's Directory of Cornwall1902
Kelly's Directory of Cumberland1897
Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire1899
Kelly's Directory of Devon1902
Kelly's Directory of Dorset1895
Kelly's Directory of Durham1890
Kelly's Directory of Essex1902
Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire1897
Kelly's Directory of Hampshire1898
Kelly's Directory of Herefordshire1895
Kelly's Directory of Hertfordshire1899
Kelly's Directory of Huntingdonshire1898
Kelly's Directory of Kent1903
Kelly's Directory of Lancashire1905
Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland1899
Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire1896
Kelly's Directory of Middlesex1899
Kelly's Directory of Norfolk1896
Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire1898
Kelly's Directory of Northumberland1894
Kelly's Directory of Nottinghamshire1904
Kelly's Directory of Oxfordshire1895
Kelly's Directory of Shropshire1895
Kelly's Directory of Somerset1902
Kelly's Directory of South Wales1895
Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire1896
Kelly's Directory of Suffolk1900
Kelly's Directory of Surrey1891
Kelly's Directory of Sussex1899
Kelly's Directory of The Channel Islands1899
Kelly's Directory of the North and East Ridings of Yorkshire1913
Kelly's Directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire1881
Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire1896
Kelly's Directory of Westmorland1906
Kelly's Directory of Wiltshire1898
Kelly's Directory of Worcestershire1900

Other Sources

TitleAuthorPublished
A Geographical Description of the WorldGeorge Meriton (1634-1711)1671
Geography RectifiedRobert Morden (d. 1703)1688
Handbook to South AfricaS.W. Silver & Co.1880
London Survey'dJohn Ogilby (1600-1676)1676
Slater's Directory of North and Mid Wales1895
The Newspaper Press Directory and Advertisers' Guide1922
Topographical Dictionary of IrelandSamuel Lewis (1782-1865)1837
Topography of Great BritainGeorge Alexander Cooke1802-29