Genealogy news roundup: Edinburgh and Liverpool electoral records go online

By Guest, 22 February 2018 - 6:49pm

Plus: Thousands campaign against Lowestoft Record Office closure; Findmypast adds Yorkshire records and more...

Lennon family
John Lennon's father, Alfred, is recorded in the 1934-35 Liverpool Electoral Register living at 57 Copperfield Street with his family (Credit: Ancestry/Liverpool City Council)

Electoral records from two major British cities have been published on Ancestry for the first time.

Users of the genealogy site now have access to more than 13 million electoral register entries from Edinburgh and Liverpool, spanning 1832-1966 and 1832-1970 respectively.

Fully searchable, the records contain the names and addresses of eligible voters across both cities. As the registers were compiled on an annual basis, they can also be used to track the movements of individuals and families in between census years.

Both record sets will be available to access free of charge as part of Ancestry's upcoming Free Access Weekend, which begins on Friday 23 February and ends at 11.59pm on Sunday 25 February.

Further details can be found here.

Thousands campaign against plans to close Lowestoft Record Office

Plans to close Lowestoft Record Office have been met with protests from local residents.

In January, Suffolk County Council approved plans for The Hold, a £20 million facility in Ipswich to house Suffolk Record Office's collections.

However, it also announced that the record office branch located in Lowestoft Library would be replaced by an unmanned access point from the end of 2019, when The Hold is scheduled to open.

In response, local historian Trudie Jackson and Janis Kirby of Suffolk Family History Society co-founded Save Our Record Office (SORO), a group campaigning against the closure. Online and print petitions have already attracted more than 5,100 signatures.

Ms Jackson told Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine: "We have had so much taken away from us, and now they want to take our heritage too."

In response, the council said that it had put the plans on hold and wanted to meet with SORO and other groups to discuss the future of the record office. However, SORO said that it would not meet until assured that there would be a full public consultation.

Councillor Tony Goldson said: "Our priority is to preserve Suffolk's archives in the best possible conditions for the use of current and future generations, and working with local groups we hope to reach a solution that benefits all."

Findmypast adds Yorkshire parish records

Over 164,000 Yorkshire parish records have been uploaded to Findmypast.

Covering parishes across the East Riding, the latest additions to the site's Yorkshire Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts collection include browse-only scans of baptisms, marriages, banns and burials dating back to the 16th century.

Other new additions to Findmypast include a series of Catholic burial registers from Worksop; monumental inscriptions from Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshire; and a set of electoral registers from Norfolk spanning 1832-1915.

Hull children's home project appeals for information

Researchers from a Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project are appealing for information about children of African descent who lived in Hull's children's homes.

Organisers from the African Stories in Hull and East Yorkshire initiative made the announcement after finding personal testimonies and film archive footage indicating that children of African descent lived in the Newland Cottage Homes and the Hessle Cottage Homes between the 1940s and the 1960s.

The researchers are also interested in a number of other local institutions including the Pickering Home for Girls, the Children's Home for the Hull Poor Law Union and Hull Police Temperance Society's Temporary Home.

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