Friday, 9 October 2015

Findmypast adds Electoral Register Collection for England

England and Wales Electoral Registers 1832-1932 with over 5.4 million images and approximately 220 million names, the largest single collection released on Findmypast to date, is the gem of this week's additions. These annual registers, sourced from the British Library, also include brief details of property ownership, filling gaps between the censuses.

Here's a summary of number of results, first and last years for selected counties.
Cornwall: 57,899; 1832 - 1931
Cambridgeshire: 56,068; 1873 - 1931.
Cumberland: 49,273; 1842 - 1931
London: 237,904;  1850 - 1932
Middlesex: 306,251; 1857 - 1932
Norfolk: 221,758; 1852 - 1931
Rutland: 10,309; 1842 - 1931
Staffordshire: 79,926; 1851 - 1915
Suffolk: 88,239; 1839 - 1915

Despite the title I found no coverage for Welsh counties.

Coverage is best between 1885 and the First World War when enumeration was suspended.
Searching is on records that have been digitally scanned and then converted to machine-encoded text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This process is not perfect. Check out the search tips at http://goo.gl/Gqspux

Ancestry has a similar collection coverage for London, the Midlands, West Yorkshire, Surrey and Dorset.

Also added to Findmypast this week:
Ireland, electoral registers 1885-1886. Covers Armagh, Fermanagh, Down, Limerick, Mayo, Meath, Tyrone, Roscommon, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.
Scotland, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), electoral registers 1864-1931 - over 23,000 records
Britain, Absent Voters Lists 1918-1921 - over 26,000 records

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