Findmypast releases new electoral registers collection

By Rosemary Collins, 5 September 2018 - 3:29pm

The family history website reprocessed its existing registers to create a set of 53 million records covering 1920-32

Neville Chamberlain and wife in 1926 electoral register Edgbaston Findmypast family history
Future prime minister Neville Chamberlain in the 1926 electoral register

Family history website Findmypast has announced a new record collection: England & Wales Electoral Registers 1920-32.

The collection consists of over 53 million records transcribed from images of electoral registers from the years 1920 and 1926-31, as well as a smaller set from 1932.

They were created from annual lists of those registered to vote in each constituency.

Each transcript on Findmypast contains the year, the person's name and the polling district or place, constituency and county. 

They are accompanied by digital images with more information, including the address and whether they were a resident or homeowner.

It is a particularly useful resource because there are few other family history resources covering this period, since the 1921 census returns are closed under privacy laws and the 1931 records were destroyed in the Second World War.

The records are also available in Findmypast's wider 1832-1932 electoral registers collection.

However, records in this dataset are in PDF form and can only be searched via optimal character recognition.

The new collection was created by reprocessing the original documents in order to improve image quality.

In addition, for the first time the registers can be searched accurately by individual names, similar to other indexed collections on Findmypast.

Searches will now also cover all of England and Wales and matching records from the registers will feed into hints for all customers with a Findmypast Family tree.

One of the most notable people found in the records is Neville Chamberlain, who was prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1937 to 1940.

Chamberlain, along with his wife Anne de Vere Cole, is listed in the 1926 register for Edgbaston, Birmingham, where he was MP at the time.

 

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