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