This database contains the 1853 almanac for Edinburgh, Scotland. Almanacs are good reference tools for providing background information on particular times or places. This almanac is divided into the five parts containing the following information:
- Part I. The kalendar [sic], tidetable, and information connected therewith.
- Part II. Information in commerce, agriculture, law, chronology, and statistics.
- Part III. General Register for the British Empire.
- Part IV. National register, civil and ecclesiastical, for Scotland.
- Part V. Register for the city and county of Edinburgh.
Almanacs are among the oldest types of reference sources used in the United States. Our ancestors used them to predict the weather, find home remedies, learn their multiplication tables, and even to consult stagecoach schedules. Today, almanacs provide quick, easy access to facts and statistics relating to countries, personalities, events, and subjects. Almanacs are composed of lists and tables of information gleaned from other sources and packaged compactly and inexpensively as books. Researchers and librarians use almanacs to quickly find facts, such as population figures, weights and measures, sports records, and similar types of information.
Taken from "General Reference," by Martha L. Henderson. In Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records, ed. Kory L. Meyerink (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1998).