Search Street Directories
Search and view digitised images of Street Directories covering the years 1819 to 1900.
Before you start
To carry out a search, input the search criteria in the right field(s) and press on the search button.
Street Directories can be searched for a keyword or phrase with the option of restricting the search to a particular directory or date range.
Enter the word or phrase you wish to search for, for example a name, street name, profession and so on. You can choose to search for pages containing all the words you enter, any of the words you enter or the exact phrase that you enter. Searches include a degree of non-exactness to take account of different spellings, misprints and so on, however, to maximise your results you should try searching for different variants of words and consider where words may have been abbreviated (For example Wm. and William, Mfr. and Manufacturer and so on). Common forename abbreviations include:
- James - Jas
- William - Wm
- Charles - Chas
- Robert - Robt
- Joseph - Jos
- George - Geo
- Thomas - Thos
Refine search and filter results
You can narrow your search by selecting a specific directory from the dropdown menu on the search area. Alternatively, you can carry out a keyword search first and then refine your results by selecting one or more directories on the results page.
Select the start year of the date range you wish to search within. If you do not specify this field, the search will extend back to the earliest directory.
Select the end year of the date range you wish to search within. If you do not specify this field, the search will extend up to the most recent directory.
You can search by Directory or Date Range, but not both.
Search results can be refined by 'section' within the search results page. Note that each directory contains a different set of sections and some directories may contain no specific sections at all.
Directory sections are:
- Belfast descriptions and boards (an historical account of Belfast and details of local institutions and societies)
- Belfast alphabetical directory
- Belfast street directory - arrangement of names by street Search
- Village directory - inhabitants in the suburbs of Belfast for example Dunmurry, Whiteabbey, Newtownbreda, Glengormly, Jordanstown, Dundonald
- Ballymacarrett directory - some directories list the inhabitants of Ballymacarrett (now in east Belfast) separately
- Country residents - a list of the gentry living in the outskirts of Belfast
- Belfast professions and trades - arrangement of names by professions and trades
- Provincial directory - counties, and towns and villages
- Miscellaneous - includes general indexes and indexes of streets
You can refine your results by locale (town, village or county) within the search results page. Note that each directory contains a different subset of locales and some directories may contain no specific locales at all. Locales identified will be listed and relevant to your search results.
Browsing through a specific directory
If you do not enter a keyword, search results will be presented in date and page order on the results page. In this way you may browse through the pages of a directory or selection of directories in the proper order.
Viewing street directory pages
Your table of search results is comprised of clickable links to the relevant entry in a Street Directory. Clicking the link will take you to the relevant directory page and your keyword/s will be highlighted in block colour. If you have used more than one keyword, each will be highlighted in a different colour. You can select/deselect highlighting of keywords using the list which appears at the bottom of the page.
Using your cursor to roll over the directory page will magnify the document.
You can navigate through the pages of the directory (using the next/previous image links) and also back and forward through your search results (using the next/previous results buttons). You can also navigate back to the results overview/search page.
You can print a directory page using the 'print' option located at the bottom of the document viewer page.
Using tablets and mobile devices
This application has been optimised for use on PCs. Some functionality may be limited when using tablets and mobile devices, particularly the roll-over magnification in the document viewer. On touch-screen devices, tapping alternate corner of the document images allows magnification and movement of the magnified image.
More useful links
- About Street Directories
- Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
- Family and local history records
- Family history, heritage and museums