Birmingham Electoral Rolls online–Mid November

Birmingham Electoral Rolls 1832 – 1955 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
  • Address

The pre 1872 rolls will have who they voted clip_image002[4]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.


Surrey Historic Records go online in 2013

Surrey Historic Records go online in 2013.

Surrey Historic RecordsIt’s amazing how the internet allows news, good & bad, to whizz round so quickly ! Thanks to Chris Paton & Kathryn Hughes on Twitter for the great news that the Bishop of Guildford has allowed to start to scan and put online the parish registers of Surrey. The Surrey History Centre has also entered into a partnership with Ancestry so that a wide range of Surrey records will be made available next year.

The Surrey History Centre has issued a statement that tells researchers that whilst the process of scanning the images is taking place some records each day will not be available. A phone call in advance of any visit would be advisable.  

The records being scanned are

  • Church of England parish registers from 1538 (baptisms to 1912, marriages to 1937 and burials to 1987)
  • Land tax records 1780-1832
  • Electoral registers 1832-1945
  • Brookwood Hospital Woking, Registers of Admissions 1867-1906
  • Holloway Sanatorium, General Registers 1885-1904
  • Calendar of prisoners: Surrey Sessions and Assizes 1848-1902
  • Freeholders Lists 1696-1824
  • Licensed victuallers 1785-1903
  • Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment enlistment registers 1920-1946
  • Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment transfers in registers 1939-1947
  • Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment World War II Honours Indexes [1939]-1946
  • East Surrey Regiment enlistment registers 1920-1946
  • East Surrey Regiment transfers in registers 1924-1946
  • East Surrey Regiment 21st – 24th Battalions the London Regiment Nominal Rolls of Officers 1914-1919

Great news if you have Surrey ancestors and remember that Surrey has Middlesex as one of it’s neighbours and that means that these records could of great help to those who have lost people in Middlesex/London.

New Cheshire Records on Find My Past

clip_image002Find My Past have been at it again !! They have been busy this time in the Cheshire Record office and now can offer online the following records.

  • Bishops Transcripts 1576 – 1905
  • Parish Registers 1538 – 1910
  • Electoral Rolls 1842 – 1900
  • Marriage Licence Bonds & Allegations 1663 – 1905
  • Non-Conformist & Roman Catholic Records 1671 – 1910
  • Workhouse Registers 1781 – 1910

This should keep my friend Jill busy for the next few weeks as she has plenty of Cheshire ancestors !!

Wonder which counties Find my past & Ancestry are working in now? If anyone knows what is coming up please they would like to post a comment.

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