Give Thanks for these New Collections for British Research

This is Thanksgiving – and we have a lot to give thanks for, including all the new resources that come available to help us with our Family History.

On 9 October  FindMyPast in partnership with the British Library released the England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1832-1932 – over 220 million names!

The England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1832-1932 form the largest single collection released on Findmypast to date with over 5.4 million images and approximately 220 million names. The registers have been released in association with the British Library and are the result of a mammoth digitisation project to scan 100 years of microfilmed copies of printed registers, housed on 2.25 miles (3.62 linear km) of shelving. Electoral Registers are listings of all those registered to vote in a particular area. The lists were created annually to record the names of eligible voters and their reason for eligibility, such as their residence or ownership of a property.

This is the first time these registers have been made available online. They can be searched by name and constituency, as well as by keywords which will allow you to discover the history of your family.”

I immediately searched for my great grandfather in 1918 and found where he and his wife were living that year!

FindMyPast also announced the following:

Britain, Absent Voters Lists 1918-1921

Britain, Absent Voters Lists 1918-1921 contains over 20,000 pages listing over 100,000 names of service men, women serving with the auxiliary forces, merchant seamen, diplomats and others working in occupations recognised as supporting the war effort. Absent voters’ lists are registers of eligible voters who were absent from their homes. Lists were sent to the Adjutant General’s Department of the War Office who then arranged to send voting cards to men and women in the UK and ballot papers to those in France.

Lists were completed by August 1918 and therefore include names of men who were killed, missing or taken prisoner in the period of time between the compiling of lists and the publication of the register. Records can reveal your ancestors name, a description of their service and their qualifying premises allowing you uncover details of the home they left behind and the part they played in one of history’s bloodiest conflicts.

Ireland, Electoral Registers 1885-1886

The Ireland, Electoral Registers 1885-1886 contain over 3,000 records covering 12 counties. The 1880’s was a period of drastic change in Ireland, from land reform and the beginning of the Home Rule Crisis to the rise of the Irish Parliamentary Party. It was also a vibrant time for Irish culture with the Gaelic and the Irish Literary Revivals in full swing. Search the registers by name to pinpoint the exact location of your family during this exciting period of Irish history, or by address to learn who was living in your family home. From the Act of Union in 1801, until Ireland’s independence, over 7,000 electoral registers were created, but the British Library only holds the registers for a single year.

Scotland, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Electoral Registers 1864-1931

Containing over 23,000 records, the Scotland, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Electoral Registers 1864-1931 cover the traditional county of Linlithgowshire. The registers allow you to find out where your West Lothian ancestors lived, what they did and whether they owned property in the area.

That is a lot to be thankful for!

What if you don’t have an account with FindMyPast?  Like most of the pay to use websites they allow you to search, show you the list of results, and only ask for payment when you look at the details.  This way you know if there is something to pay for. A one month membership is about Can $20 or you can buy 60 pay as you go credits for about Can$15.

I really value my FindMyPast subscription for British research – great collections and images.

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