Birmingham Electoral Rolls 1832 – 1955
Ancestry.co.uk has announced that they will be adding to their Electoral Rolls Collection with 6.3 million records spanning 1832 – 1955 for the Birmingham area. Many genealogists will have ancestors whose families lived in rural village and towns for centuries who during the 19th century up sticks and moved to the industrial hub of Birmingham. These records are invaluable for locating where those who disappeared from their homes went to. Hopefully this collection will eventually cover the whole of the country.
What can you expect to find?
The rolls will generally offer the following information.
District & Suburb
Name of Voter
The pre 1872 rolls will have who they voted for as they were compiled after the election not before. Some of the post 1872 rolls will have the categories under which the person was eligible to vote, after the vote was given to all in 1928 there will just be name and address.
The electoral rolls are a great resource for tracking families after the 1911 census. The National Archives has an interesting page on electoral rolls, link below.
Keep logging into the Ancestry website to start using these records from mid November.