Thursday, August 2, 2012

Free Digital Library of Historical Directories

Historical Directories is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. It is a free website produced by the University of Leicester and is very user friendly being searchable by location, decades, or keywords.
Using this site I was able to locate our ancestor, Odian Cassingham, listed  in the History, Gazetteer & Directory of Kent, Vol. II, 1847  under Folkstone Hundred as a Farmer: 

In reading the descriptive of his parish, I also came across the name of his home, Copperhust, where he resided on Knoll Hill in Aldington, Ashford, Kent:

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SeaThreePeeO said...

I love it when I chance across little things like this when I am researching people. Odian, that's an unusual name and coupled with Casingham. HAs that made your search easier or more difficult?

TCasteel said...

Odian is a very unique name. It does help when differentiating families.

Jana Iverson Last said...

Thanks for letting us know about this historical directory!

Jana Iverson Last said...

Your post was listed on my Fab Finds blog post today at

Michelle Taggart said...

Wow! I didn't know about this website.
Thanks so much for sharing this.

Jim (Hidden Genealogy Nuggets Blog) said...

Wow, thanks for the link. I love looking in old directories. You can also find some old directories using Google Books.

Regards, Jim
Genealogy Blog at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets