England and Wales electoral registers for 1920 go online

By Editor, 6 April 2018 - 10:37am

Over 6.7 million records of people living in England and Wales in 1920 can be searched on Findmypast with newly indexed electoral registers


The records include female householders over 30, who could now vote (Credit: Getty)

Over 6.7 million records from the England and Wales 1920 Electoral Registers have been indexed by subscription website Findmypast.

This will help family historians looking to bridge the gap between the 1939 Register and the 1911 census, both of which are also available on Findmypast.

The records are part of Findmypast's collection of electoral registers in partnership with the British Library, many of which are currently on the site as PDFs.  

Findmypast said: “Our new collection of 1920 Electoral Registers has been created in a new and unique way. The records have been taken from our wider collection of Electoral Register PDFs which, like our collection of British and Irish Newspapers is currently searchable through a technology called Optical Character Recognition (OCR).”

Records will now be searchable by using individual names in a similar way to other records on the site. Searches will also now cover all of England and Wales and matching records from the electoral register will feed into hints for users who have a family tree on the website.

Findmypast explained that: “To create the collection, we have reconverted the original documents to improve accuracy, while developing a process to pick out individual names.”

Worthy of note is that this register will also include women, as they were given the vote in 1918. Therefore, it will be a handy source for the names and locations of female ancestors.

However, in 1920 only female householders over the age of 30 were eligible to register to vote, so many female ancestors will not be included in these records.

Author Lytton Strachey can be found at the Mill House in Tidmarsh but artist Dora Carrington, who lived with him, is not included (Credit: Findmypast/British Library) 

One example would be Dora Carrington, painter and decorative artist who lived with her long-time friend Lytton Strachey, writer, critic and member of the Bloomsbury group. Whilst you will find Strachey in the 1920 Electoral Register, Carrington as a woman under 30, is absent. 

For more information on how to search for your ancestors in the 1920 Electoral Register head to Findmypast.

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