If you’re looking for another resource to help you locate your Scottish ancestors the National Library of Scotland (NLS) has over 700 directories digitized, which cover most of Scotland and date from 1773 to 1911. They are also a valuable resource for the years not covered by the census which started in 1841 and carried out every 10 years.

With their alphabetical list of location’s inhabitants and information on their profession and address, the directories help you to easily find out where people lived at a certain time and how they earned their living.

In each directory you can do the following:

Browse and search by place, year and resident’s namw
View page by page
View a PDF of the complete book
Search the full PDF text
Download files for free within NLS copyright regulations (non-commercial use only)

Most of the directories were published annually. The oldest volumes NLS has  digitized were published in the late 1700s, when demand was up due o the increased number of traders, businesses and industries grew rapidly.

Click on the links to

Browse the directories

Read more about the directories

Did you know? — a sample of the interesting figures and curious facts you can find in directories

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