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Old maps of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Birmingham Maps - Vol 7 - Staffordshire, Warwickshire & Worcestershire. An incredibly useful resource! Really high quality digitised maps that you can zoom in and in to see the finest detail. Staffordshire 1695, 1831, 1868, 1872, 1880, 1912 Warwickshire 1695, 1817, 1828, 1880, 1912, 1940, Birmingham 1879, 1895, 1905, 1913 Worcestershire 1610, 1695, 1721, 1828, 1840, 1860, 1868, 1872, 1873, 1884, 1888, 1900, 1912, 1928, 1932, 1940, Dudley 1840, Worcester 1840 Ref 0007-7 Price £11.90
The Universal Directory of Great Britain - 1791 The Universal Directory of Great Britain - 1791. Five huge volumes comprising the earliest directory for Great Britain, and one which is probably the most important directory for genealogists and historians that we have released on CD. For towns and villages the descriptions of the places are excellent, with details of their facilities, etc, and includes those residents with trades (even those such as farmers, hay-binders, labourers, bakers, shop keepers, etc.) and their addresses.
Although titled "Great Britain", this directory covers places in England and Wales. Volume 1 of the five is devoted to London, volumes 2 to 4 cover the places in the England and Wales in alphabetical order, and vol. 5 contains a number of the subsequent amendments and additions published in the next few years.

"The Universal British Directory of Trade, Commerce, and Manufacture, comprehending Lists of the Inhabitants of London, Westminster, and Borough of Southwark; and of all the Cities, Towns, and principal Villages, in England and Wales; with the Mails, and other Coaches, stage-wagons, Hoys, Packets, and Trading Vessels. To which is added, a genuine Account of the Drawbacks and Duties chargeable at the Custom-House on all Goods and Mechandize, imported, exported, or carried coastwise, with a particular of the Public Offices of every denomination; His Majesty's Court, and Ministers of State; The Peers of the Realm, and Parliament of Great Britain; The Court of Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, Aldermen, and Common-Council, of London; together with an Historical Detail of the Antiquities, Curiosities, Trade, Polity, and Manufacturers, of each City, Town, and Village. The whole comprising a Fund of useful and important Information, equally interesting to the Nobleman, the Gentleman, and Man of Business." Ref 1134 Price £35.00

A century of Birmingham life 1741-1841 A Century of Birmingham Life, from 1741-1841 - J.A.Langford. Chronicles of everday life in Birmingham during a period of huge social and industrial changes. Ref 0899 Price £21.50
Modern Birmingham & its Institutions 1841-1871
Modern Birmingham & its Institutions 1841-1871 - J.A.Langford. An incredibly comprehensive work which chronicles the public events of the town over a period of thirty years in the middle of the nineteenth century.
It contains references to literally hundreds of ordinary people and paints a wonderful picture of life in what is now England's 'second city'. Ref 0898 Price £21.50
Birmingham Roll of Honour

Birmingham Roll of Honour 1914-1918. Published in 1925 this contains the name, rank and regiment of the men of Birmingham who fell in the 1914-18 war. Ref 0806 Price £14.50

the national roll of the great war The National Roll of the Great War - Birmingham (Section 6). Very different to a normal Rolls of Honour, this lists the names of ordinary people as well as soldiers who gave service during the Great War, male and female, young and old, those who survived and those who fell.

The names are organised alphabetically making it very easy indeed to find people. Ref 0817 Price £21.10
Cadbury Bournville. A Century of Progress 1831-1931 Cadbury Bournville, A Century of Progress 1831-1931. A complete history of Bournville, a new town created in 1831 for the workers at the famous chocolate factory. The aim, which was very successful, was to create a complete living environment with housing, recreational facilities, etc. The book contains lots of early drawings of early Birmingham, and through to photographs of Bournville and its workers. Ref 0061b Price £10.70.
bournville collection Bournville Collection. A collection of several small books relating to Bournville, and the lifestyle of its workers and staff. Ref 0066 Price £13.50
Pigots Directory of Birmingham 1825
Pigot's Directory of Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield 1825/6. An unusual Pigot's classified trade directory, that covers 6 major manufacturing towns in England. Ref 0208 Price £14.50
Slaters Directory of Birmingham 1852
Slater's Directory of Birmingham & Vicinity 1852/1853.
An excellent and very comprehensive Birmingham directory by Slater's, the successors to Pigot & Co.
218 page classified directory, and a huge 420 page alphabetical listing of people and their trades and addresses, plus illustrated advertisements.
This book was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by the Family Record Centre (the PRO) in London as part of our project to digitise their library collection. Ref 9042 Price £18.00
F White's Directory of the Borough of Birmingham
F White's Directory of the Borough of Birmingham 1855. The White's directories are by far the most comprehensive for the period, and this excellent directory of Birmingham is no exception.
This book was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by Sandwell Record Office. Ref 0631 Price £18.00
1862 Corporation Directory of Birmingham
1862 Corporation Directory of Birmingham and its Environs. Published by William Cornish in 1862. containing 808 pages. The areas covered are Birmingham, Edgbaston, Aston, Erdington, Moseley, Gravelly Hill, Handsworth, Harborne, King's Heath, Nechells, Perry Barr, Selly, Saltley, Small Heath, Smethwick, Ward End and Witton.
It contains an alphabetical list of people in the area along with their occupation and address plus a classified trades directory. These directories are not the same,however, there are people who are in one but not the other.
The really juicy part is the numerical directory. This is an alphabetical list of streets with lists of virtually every head of household. Not *every* house number is listed (mainly due to the fact that the family may have been out, or they may have doubted the motives of the canvasser) but the vast majority are there.
The date of the directory is important as it makes it an ideal index and searching aid for the 1861 census. You can simply look up the name of your ancestor,in the directory, get the address and *then* go to the street indexes of the census, a major time saver!
The Directory was kindly loaned to the Project by Sandwell Record Office. Ref 0689 Price £18.00
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham 1868
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham 1868.
Incredibly comprehensive with a street by street directory with heads of households and their occupations, a court directory of private residents and a classified trades directory.
Kindly loaned to the Project by The Family Record Centre (the PRO) in London. Ref 9081 Price £18.00
1878 Post Office Directory of Birmingham

1878 Post Office Directory of Birmingham and its Suburbs. A very comprehensive directory containing a street by street directory of Birmingham plus lists of private residents and commercial traders in the following suburbs:Aston, Bickenhill Park, Birchfield, Castle Bromwich, Erdington, Handsworth (with Soho), Harborne, King's Heath, King's Norton, Moseley, Northfield, Perry Barr, Quinton, Saltley (with Washwood Heath), Selley Oak, Smethwick, Ward End, Witton, and Yardley.There then follows a Court directory of Birmingham and the suburbs (private individuals and their addresses), a commercial directory (alphabetical list of people, their trades and addresses) and a classified trades directory (alphabetical list of occupations and the people who performed them).Similar to the 1879 directory as below but there are people in this book who are not in the 1879 and vice versa.The Directory was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by Sandwell Record Office. Ref 0692 Price £17.00

1879 Post Office Directory of Birmingham
1879 Post Office Directory of Birmingham and its Suburbs. A very comprehensive directory containing a street by street directory of Birmingham plus lists of private residents and commercial traders in the following suburbs:Aston, Bickenhill Park, Birchfield, Castle Bromwich, Erdington, Handsworth (with Soho), Harborne, King's Heath, King's Norton, Moseley, Northfield,Perry Barr, Quinton, Saltley (with Washwood Heath), Selley Oak, Smethwick, Ward End, Witton, and Yardley.There then follows a Court directory of Birmingham and the suburbs (private individuals and their addresses), a commercial directory (alphabetical list of people, their trades and addresses) and a classified trades directory (alphabetical list of occupations and the people who performed them).Similar to the 1878 directory shown above but contains aproximately 30 extra pages and a map. There are people in this book who are not in the 1878 and vice versa.The Directory was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by Sandwell Record Office. Ref 0691 Price £17.00
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham 1883
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham and its Suburbs 1883. Contains a street by street directory of Birmingham which includes Aston, Birchfield, Handsworth, Harbourne, Saltley with Washwood Heath and SmethwickOther suburbs are in the directory but have lists of private residents and commercial traders, these are: Acock's Green, Castle Bromwich, Erdington, King's Heath, King's Norton, Moseley, Northfield, Olton, Perry Barr, Quinton, Selley Oak, Ward End, Witton and Yardley.Also included is a Court directory, which is an alphabetical list of private individuals in the area, and a classified trades directory.This directory was kindly loaned to The Archive CD Books Project by Sandwell Record Office. Ref 0721 Price £17.00
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham 1890
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham and its Suburbs 1890. Contains a street by street directory of Birmingham which includes Aston, Birchfield, Handsworth, Harbourne, Saltley with Washwood Heath and SmethwickOther suburbs are in the directory but have lists of private residents and commercial traders, these are: Acock's Green, Castle Bromwich, Erdington, King's Heath, King's Norton, Moseley, Northfield, Olton, Perry Barr, Quinton, Selley Oak, Ward End, Water Orton, Witton and Yardley.Also included is a Court directory, which is an alphabetical list of private individuals in the area, and a classified trades directory.This directory was kindly loaned to The Archive CD Books Project by Sandwell Record Office. Ref 0727 Price £17.00
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham 1892
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham and its Suburbs 1892. Contains a street by street directory of Birmingham which includes Aston, Birchfield, Handsworth, Harbourne, Saltley with Washwood Heath and SmethwickOther suburbs are in the directory but have lists of private residents and commercial traders, these are: Acock's Green, Castle Bromwich, Erdington, King's Heath, King's Norton, Moseley, Northfield, Olton, Perry Barr, Quinton, Selley Oak, Ward End, Water Orton, Witton and Yardley.Also included is a Court directory, which is an alphabetical list of private individuals in the area, and a classified trades directory.This directory was kindly loaned to The Archive CD Books Project by Sandwell Record Office. Ref 0722 Price £17.00
Kellys Directory of Birmingham 1895
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham & Suburbs 1895. This book was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by the Family Record Centre (the PRO) in London as part of our project to digitise their library collection. Ref 9043P Price £18.00
Kellys Directory of Birmingham 1897
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham and its Suburbs 1897 (with map). For contents please see the description of the 1892 directory but note that this directory also includes an excellent map.
This directory was kindly loaned to The Archive CD Books Project by Sandwell Record Office. Ref 0723 Price £21.50
Kellys Directory of Birmingham 1899
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham and its Suburbs 1899. By this time the Kelly's Directories were becoming much more comprehensive. The street by street directory of Birmingham also includes the suburbs of Acock's Green, Aston, Birchfield, Erdington, Handsworth with Soho, King's Heath, Moseley, Olton, Perry Barr, Selly Oak, Smethwick and Yardley.
Only the following places retain the earlier format of simpler lists of private individuals and commercial traders: Castle Bromwich, King's Norton, Northfield, The Quinton and Water Orton.
Also included is the Court directory (an alphabetical list of private individuals) and a classified Trades directory.
This directory was kindly loaned to The Archive CD Books Project by Sandwell Record Office. Ref 0724 Price £21.50
Kellys Directory of Birmingham 1900
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham and its Suburbs 1900. For a description of the contents please see the description of the 1899 Directory as above.
This directory was kindly loaned to The Archive CD Books Project by Sandwell Record Office. Ref 0725 Price £21.50
Kellys Directory of Birmingham 1905
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham 1905. With 1905 Map
A huge book, with house by house, street by street listings of households and the householder's occupation, (not just people with trades). Ref 0648 Price £21.50
Kellys Directory of Birmingham 1908
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham and its Suburbs 1908. An incredibly comprehensive 1148 page dierctory. The street by street directory of Birmingham also includes the suburbs of Acock's Green, Aston, Birchfield, Erdington, Handsworth with Soho, King's Heath, Moseley, Olton, Perry Barr, Selly Oak, Smethwick and Yardley.
Only the following places retain the earlier format of simpler lists of private individuals and commercial traders: Castle Bromwich, King's Norton, Northfield, The Quinton and Water Orton.
Also included is the Court directory (an alphabetical list of private individuals) and a classified Trades directory.
This directory was kindly loaned to The Archive CD Books Project by Sandwell Record Office. Ref 0726 Price £21.50
Kellys Directory of Birmingham 1913
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham 1913. An extremely important directory dated just before the first world war.
House by house and street by street listings of heads of households and their occupations, plus ther usual classified trades directory and an immense amount of general information about Birmingham, its facilities, churches, schools, etc.
This book was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by Sandwell Record Office. Ref 0637 Price £21.50
Kellys Directory of Birmingham 1915
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham 1915. This book was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by Sandwell Record Office. Ref 0638 Price £21.50
 
Kelly's Directory of Birmingham 1940. A huge directory covering the whole of Birmingham in 1940.
One of the great advantages of a "late" directory such as this is that it is so easy to trace heads of household either by name or street address. (Each street, and every numbered house is there, together with the head of household and their occupation). Don't think of it as being just a 1940 resource. You will find all branches of your family and their addresses, and then go look at those same addresses in all earlier resources. That's the kind of information that will pull down those brick walls in your earlier research.
This book was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by Sandwell Record Office. Ref 0624 Price £21.50
The Complete Parish Officer 1772 The Complete Parish Officer 1772. This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer. It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen. Ref 0766 Price £16.60.
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