Belfast, Ireland: R.W. Wynne (Late Wilkie & Co.). Printed by J. Reed, 97 Victoria St.), 1865. Hardcover. 12mo, 7 3/8 in. x 5 in., , 14 pp. of initial advertising at front, and title page on p. 15.397 pp. of text and a separately-numbered 79 pp.section of advertising. Stamped blue cloth boards with gilt design and title, with simply "Belfast Directory" in gilt, to spine. Mild rubbing to extremities. Two previous owner's names within: Orr McCausland (w/address) and E.L. Stephenson. Front pastedown gears large paste-on advertising John G. McGee & Co., Merchant Clothiers. Army. Navy. Tailers & Outfitters to all Parts of the Globe. 46, 48, & 50 High Street. Belfast." Very Good. Item #86844
...Trade directories are useful for tracing the addresses and movements of ancestors. A listing in the directory can help to confirm a persons whereabouts at a certain time, just as a sudden disappearance from the directory can provide a clue about the date of a persons death. You can find information in this trade and professional directories about occupations, and some post office directories also include categories such as ecclesiastical, educational and pastoral directories.
"(This book) Contains Index to Professions & Trades, Index to Provincial Directory, Index to Business Announcements (Insurance Companies, Hotels, Steam-Packet Announcements, Belfast Advertisers, Provincial Advertisers). Descriptive Sketch of the Borough of Belfast; Alphabetical Directory by name, with profession/trade; followed by a Professions and Trade Directory (alphabetical); List of Parliamentary Representaties, Banking Companies, Railway Companies, Societies, Educational Institutions, Schools, Law Courts, Post Office; Book concludes with a Village-by-Village Directory.
An author writing about mid-19th century Belfast, would most likely trade her firstborn kitty for this incredibly rich set of real-life "stories" about daily Irish life a century and a half-hence to be gleaned by turning these fascinating pages.