Ances­try re­leases Scot­tish reg­is­ters

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More than three mil­lion Aberdeen­shire elec­toral records have been made avail­able to ex­plore on ances­try.co.uk for the first time.

Digi­tised in part­ner­ship with Aberdeen City and Aberdeen­shire Ar­chives, the dataset con­tains records of 3,219,223 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers who were res­i­dent in the his­toric Scot­tish county be­tween 1832 and 1976.

Search­able by name, year and key­word, en­tries typ­i­cally re­veal the home ad­dress of the in­di­vid­ual, their oc­cu­pa­tion and the qual­i­fi­ca­tion that en­ti­tled them to vote.

While the ear­li­est records within the col­lec­tion com­prise the names of wealthy male prop­erty own­ers, later en­tries list in­di­vid­u­als from across so­ci­ety af­ter the 1918 Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Peo­ple Act granted the vote to all men over the age of 21 and a lim­ited num­ber of women. How­ever, it is not un­til 1928, when women gained equal vot­ing rights with men, that the dataset be­comes truly com­pre­hen­sive.

Cru­cially for fam­ily his­to­ri­ans, the records were com­piled on an an­nual ba­sis, mean­ing that it is also pos­si­ble to trace the move­ments of an­ces­tors in be­tween cen­sus years. How­ever, no reg­is­ters were pro­duced dur­ing the war years of 1916, 1917 and 1940–1944.

This par­lia­men­tary reg­is­ter for Aberdeen is on Ances­try

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