Dictionaries & Directories
AUSTRALIA - BIOGRAPHICAL DATABASE OF AUSTRALIA (BDA)
BDA is a new research tool for historians and genealogists comprising transcripts and indexes of many original records and published biographies of deceased individuals who arrived in or were born in Australia, starting from the earliest times. While searches are free, to view documents a subscription is needed. AVAILABLE FREE FROM LIVERPOOL REGIONAL FAMILY HISTORY CENTRE.
AUSTRALIA - DICTIONARY OF SYDNEY
Based on a permanent historical digital repository, the Dictionary of Sydney aims to gather resources on every aspect of human habitation in the greater Sydney area from the first arrival of people to the present.
AUSTRALIA - SYDNEY SANDS DIRECTORY
You can search the Sands Directory for historic Sydney household and business information 1858-1933. This is the first time a complete set of the Sands Sydney, Suburban and Country Commercial Directory has been made available online.
AUSTRALIA - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN POST OFFICE DIRECTORIES 1893 - 1949
The post office directories provide information by locality, individual surname, government service, and by trade or profession. The different sections enable the enquirer to see at a glance the householders or businesses in any one town; the address of any householder or business in the State; and the businesses or individuals throughout Western Australia engaged in any trade or profession.
The website draws from valuable material collected for Film Australia’s Australian Biography TV series, which features remarkable individuals who have had a major impact on our cultural, political and social life. Through revealing in-depth interviews, they share their experiences and insights.
AUSTRALIAN DICTIONARY OF BIOGRAPHY
The Australian Dictionary of Biography is Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography. In it you will find concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of the lives of significant and representative persons in Australian history.
More than 5 million words in more than 1000 online dictionaries are indexed by the OneLook® search engine.
ENGLAND AND WALES - HISTORICAL DIRECTORIES
Historical Directories is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. It contains high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books, essential tools for research into local and genealogical history.
IRELAND - DIRECTORY DATABASE
Historic Directories can be useful sources for Family and Local history research, and whilst not listing all people or locations, often include details of various institutions, officials, professions, clergy and certain trades, as well as historical or geographic details of various towns and cities. Directories which cover cities and larger towns, may also include street listings.
IRELAND - IRISH CHRISTIAN NAMES
Information about Latin, variant names and nicknames is available in Judith Eccles Wight’s "A Rose by any other name: a guide to Irish Christian names". pdf format.
Latin is the mother language for many modern European languages. Many words in English, Spanish, French, and other languages resemble Latin words and have the same or similar meanings.
NEW ZEALAND - DICTIONARY OF NZ BIOGRAPHY
Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is a comprehensive guide to the peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society within New Zealand.
SCOTTISH POST OFFICE DIRECTORIES
Find where people lived and traded in Scotland between 1774 and 1911 by searching and browsing over 700 Post Office directories.