Ancestry releases Scottish registers
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