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Familyrelatives.com is pleased to announce the first of several new and important records to be put online - part of a program to add more than 10 million new records.
Starting with the most recent records to go online are the Pigot's Trade directories, these are a unique collection and cover 27 counties and provide invaluable information for the 1830's going back as far as the time of William IV.
The Pigot's Directories currently cover the period from 1830 to 1839 before the official Civil Registration began and are a valuable source of additional information when researching your ancestors. All major professions, nobility, gentry, clergy, trades and occupations including taverns and public houses and much more are listed. There are even timetables of the coaches and carriers that served a town.
Parishes are listed for each area with useful information including the number of inhabitants, a geographical description and the main trades and industries of the area or town.
Search for those long forgotten trades from Cowkeepers to Woolstaplers.
The collection is fully searchable and can be searched by name or occupation or each county may be easily browsed by page. This is a useful resource for anyone wanting to know more about the area where their ancestors lived and worked and is available to members with a subscription. (See table for counties available).
An extract from the Warwickshire Directory 1835
Birmingham, one of the most celebrated manufacturing towns in the United Kingdom. The earliest authentic notice of this place occurs in Domesday-book, in which it is called Bermengeham…
Birmingham is not attractive for venerable ruins or grand cathedrals; but the traveller who delights in seeing the human race profitably employed, to their own and their country's advantage, will disregard the smoke which sometimes envelopes the town.
Soon after the revolution in 1688 the manufacture of fire-arms was introduced and continued to flourish until the close of the late war, the government contracts for muskets alone generally averaged 30,000 thousand per month… the gun makers were authorised to erect a proof-house, in which under a heavy penalty all gun and pistol barrels are subjected to a powerful proof.
Prior to the year 1715 Birmingham comprised only one parish and for civil registration purposes it is still so considered but at that period a portion of the original parish of St. Martin, consisting of a district in the centre of town, was formed into the parish of St. Philip and in 1829 two other districts were formed into the parishes of St. George and St. Thomas.
Birmingham which must be taken to include the parishes of Aston and Edgbaston, contained 73,670 inhabitants and in 1831, 146,986.
A typical entry then lists the following;
British Wine Makers
Hill, Evans & Williams, 7 Foregate St.
Williams James, North parade
Brush Makers & Dealers
Malvern John (dealer) College St.
Martin Benjamin (dealer) Sidbury
Pemberton Isaac, 15 Broad St
Smith John, 41 High St.
Pigot's Directories online
North Wales 1835
South Wales 1835
The records databases are included in the annual Subscription package of £37.50.
17 June 2008
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