Use elec­toral reg­is­ters

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - 20TH CENTURY ANCESTORS -

To fill in gaps be­tween cen­suses and other sources, search for your an­ces­tors in elec­toral reg­is­ters on­line or at lo­cal record of­fices. This is use­ful for trac­ing el­i­gi­ble vot­ers for­ward in time (re­mem­ber that vot­ing el­i­gi­bil­ity changed dur­ing the 20th cen­tury, so be aware of when changes hap­pened). When a voter dis­ap­pears from the reg­is­ter, but other fam­ily mem­bers re­main at the ad­dress, this could in­di­cate that the rel­a­tive has died or moved away.

Find­my­past hosts ‘Eng­land & Wales, Elec­toral Reg­is­ters 1832–1932’, a grow­ing col­lec­tion of the names of ap­prox­i­mately 220 mil­lion vot­ers: bit.ly/fmp-elec­toral-reg­is­ters. The site has also re­cently tran­scribed its elec­toral reg­is­ters for 1920 cov­er­ing the whole of the UK, and The­Ge­neal­o­gist has done the same for 1921. Ances­try also has a large col­lec­tion in­clud­ing Lon­don, Liver­pool and the Mid­lands, and has re­cently added Aberdeen­shire and Cam­bridgeshire to its col­lec­tion.

For trac­ing more re­cent rel­a­tives, Find­my­past’s UK Elec­toral Reg­is­ters 2002–2014 is es­sen­tial: bit.ly/fmp-reg­is­ters-2002-14. The in­dex in­cludes ad­dress, age, years of oc­cu­pancy at that res­i­dence, and names of any other oc­cu­pants.

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