Freema­sons records

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any of us may know that our father or grand­fa­ther was a freema­son. The fam­ily may still have their re­galia (aprons or sashes) or jew­els (medals and badges). Fur­ther back, there may also be sto­ries of mem­ber­ship of a lo­cal Ma­sonic Lodge, but with no proof.

Tra­di­tion­ally, freema­sonry is thought of as be­ing shrouded in mys­tery and se­crecy so even the most in­trepid re­searcher may have been put off from search­ing deeper. But the records now avail­able are co­pi­ous and be­com­ing eas­ier to ac­cess, prov­ing to be a rich vein of in­for­ma­tion for ge­neal­o­gists.

The first au­thor­i­ta­tive list­ing of all the lodges es­tab­lished by the English Grand Lodges, from the foun­da­tion of the first Grand

Ma­sonic Records 1717-1894 lodges that came into ex­is­tence af­ter 1894. The lat­est on­line ver­sion of Ma­sonic Records is pub­lished by the Hu­man­i­ties Re­search In­sti­tute at the Univer­sity of Sh­effield ( hri­on­line. ac.uk/lane). Ge­orge Draf­fen’s

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