What’s avail­able on­line and in the ar­chives

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Bri­tish Li­brary (BL)

Copies of the his­toric elec­toral reg­is­ters should be found at the rel­e­vant lo­cal li­brary or ar­chives. The only na­tional set ( Eng­land, Wales, Scot­land and North­ern Ire­land) is kept at the Bri­tish Li­brary ( BL). It dates from 1947 but has a rea­son­able col­lec­tion of ear­lier reg­is­ters. A com­pre­hen­sive list of what’s held by the BL is avail­able on its web­site at

Lo­cal ar­chives

The Lon­don Metropoli­tan Ar­chives ( LMA) holds the most com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion for the Lon­don and Mid­dle­sex ar­eas up to 1963. The LMA’s col­lec­tion only cov­ers the Greater Lon­don area from 1964 on­wards.

The Na­tional Ar­chives of Scot­land holds a near- com­plete col­lec­tion of elec­toral reg­is­ters for Scot­land, and the Na­tional Li­brary of Wales holds many for Wales. The Na­tional Li­brary of Ire­land holds county and city elec­toral reg­is­ters. Its hold­ings are listed on the li­brary’s on­line cat­a­logue at cat­a­

The where­abouts of lo­cally held copies of the his­toric reg­is­ters in Eng­land, Wales and Scot­land are listed in Jeremy Gib­son & Colin Rogers’ Elec­toral Reg­is­ters Since 1832; and Burgess Rolls.


Find­my­past was the first web­site to pro­vide ac­cess to in­dexed and digi­tised copies of elec­toral reg­is­ters in Novem­ber 2011, with its re­lease of the Cheshire Elec­toral Records, cov­er­ing 1842-1900. Th­ese have been joined by Som­er­set 1832-1914, Manch­ester 1832-1900 (avail­able to browse only) and County Clare, Ire­land.

Made avail­able in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Bri­tish Li­brary, the re­cent up­load of Eng­land and Wales elec­toral reg­is­ters for 1832-1932 cov­ers 220 mil­lion names and is the web­site’s sin­gle largest col­lec­tion.

Find­my­past also has more re­cent edi­tions of the edited ver­sions of the elec­toral reg­is­ters from 2002-2014.

Other web­sites of­fer­ing re­cent edi­tions for a fee in­clude: (; Peo­ple Trace On­line ( peo­ple­trace on­; Peo­ple­tracer ( peo­ple­; and (


Ances­try has elec­toral reg­is­ters in­clud­ing Lon­don, Elec­toral Reg­is­ters, 1832-1965; Mid­lands 1832-1965; West York­shire 1840-1962; Sur­rey 1832-1945; and Dorset 1839-1922.

Peo­ple Trace On­line fea­tures re­cent digi­tised elec­toral reg­is­ters

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