Reg­is­ter en­tries

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The reg­is­ters may also record when a mem­ber­ship ends, and may give a rea­son. Most en­tries also stated the age, pro­fes­sion and brief ad­dress of a man when he be­came a freema­son. They do not con­tain any other per­sonal de­tails such as date of birth or mar­riage, of other fam­ily mem­bers or changes of ad­dress

At the end of Novem­ber 2015, Ances­try added th­ese re­turns to its col­lec­tion, as ‘Eng­land, United Grand Lodge of Eng­land Freema­son Mem­ber­ship Reg­is­ters, 1751-1921’. This re­source, with 1,713,246 en­tries, is now avail­able for the first time out­side the Li­brary and Mu­seum of Freema­sonry and can re­veal sig­nif­i­cant in­for­ma­tion about an­ces­tors that were pre­vi­ously un­known.

There are some lists of mem­bers up to the late-1730s found in the minute books of the Grand Lodge. Th­ese have been tran­scribed and in­dexed in Vol­ume X of Qu­atuor Corona­to­rum Anti­grapha. The Li­brary and Mu­seum of Freema­sonry also holds many lodge his­to­ries, printed books and manuscripts, jour­nals and mag­a­zines. An on­line cat­a­logue is avail­able on the li­brary’s web­site.

The Qu­a­tour Co­ranti Lodge ( quatuor­coro­nati.com), which con­ducts re­search into the his­tory of freema­sonry, pub­lishes re­search ma­te­rial as ‘Ars Qu­atuor Corona­to­rum’, with in­dexes to pa­pers, ar­ti­cles, au­thors and sub­jects avail­able on its web­site.

Also now avail­able on Ances­try, as ‘Ire­land, Grand Lodge of Freema­sons of Ire­land Mem­ber­ship Reg­is­ters, 17331923’ are mem­ber­ship reg­is­ters held by the Grand Lodge of Freema­sons of Ire­land. Th­ese cover Ma­sonic lodges across the 32 coun­ties of Ire­land, Ir­ish lodges abroad and those that were at­tached to mili­tia and Bri­tish Army reg­i­ments. Reg­is­ters

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