Source Information UK, Phone Book Indexes, 2001 and 2003 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2022.
Original data: UK, Phone Book Indexes, 2001 and 2003. Brussels, Belgium: Kapitol SA.

About UK, Phone Book Indexes, 2001 and 2003

About the UK, Phone Book Indexes, 2001 and 2003

General collection information

This collection contains phone book indexes from the UK for 2001 and 2003.

Telephone books are an excellent genealogical resource. Because telephone books were published yearly, you can trace your family's residence seamlessly. You can also use their residential address to learn about the community where your family lived.

Using the collection

Records in the collection may include the following information:

  • Name
  • Street address
  • City
  • Country
  • When searching through phone book indexes, you can often use the information provided to find other family members. However, phone books don't directly list family members, so a little bit of detective work is needed. Knowing your family members' full names is especially helpful.

    Telephone book listings may only include the name of the head of household, although often the names of married couples will be listed jointly. If your family members share an address, but not a last name, they will most likely have separate listings. Adult children living at the same address may be listed separately.

    If someone isn't listed by their first name, consider searching for your family member by their initials. Many people opted to list their initials only as a way of maintaining privacy.

    Collection in context

    The first ever telephone directory was printed in 1878 in New Haven, Connecticut. The directory listed the names of subscribers, but phone numbers weren't published as they didn't exist yet. To connect, users simply gave the name of the subscriber with whom they wished to speak to a telephone operator. Telephone numbers weren't widely published until 1889. The first telephone directory in the UK was printed in London in 1880. Telephone books were almost always supplied and distributed to people for free.

    As telephones gained popularity, more phone numbers were created and the use of area codes became necessary to avoid duplication. In the 1960s country codes were added to make international calling more efficient.

    Most areas no longer print telephone books, opting instead to list directory information online.


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