Well over 200 million records document the evolution of modern British democracy from the passage of the Great Reform act of 1832 to votes for women in 1918, and voting equality in 1928
What are Electoral Registers?
Spanning a fascinating 100 year period of revolutionary electoral reforms, the England and Wales Electoral Registers 1832-1932 form the largest single collection released by Findmypast to date, and are the result of a mammoth digitisation project to scan the entire run of the British Library’s unique collection of printed registers, housed on 2.25 miles (3.62 linear km) of shelving.
This is the first time these registers are all available online and can be searched by name and constituency. The registers can also be searched by keywords to discover the history of your family home in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Electoral Registers are listings of all those registered to vote in a particular area. The lists were created annually to record the names of eligible voters and their reason for eligibility, such as their residence or ownership of a property. Registration for voters in England has been required since 1832, and registers were typically published annually.
The period covered by the registers demonstrates the dramatic changes of the British electorate that occurred over the course of 19th and early 20th centuries: from the vote being extended to working class men and the reform of representation up until women’s suffrage.
The Electoral Registers provide an amazing means of finding out more about the people who lived in your home before you. We used Sally Lunn’s historical eating house in Bath as an example to demonstrate just how much you can discover...
Previously, when researching your family history you would need an address in order to find your ancestor in the register for that constituency. Today, we can search by name across thousands of places to discover your ancestors.
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