Irish voter registers online

By Daniel Cossins, 6 August 2009 - 12:53pm

Irish voter registers online

An index of Irish men eligible to vote in the aftermath of the Great Reform Act of 1832 has been made available online at Origins.net.

Covering the years 1832-1838, the Irish Electoral Registers collection contains the names of 70,000 people, including details of their addresses, occupations and what made them eligible to vote.

After the Great Reform Act had significantly widened the franchise in Ireland, Commissioners of Police and Magistrates had to create an electoral register for those entitled to vote. The resulting records should prove helpful for family historians with elusive Irish ancestors.

The collection gives the details of all those entitled to vote in rural districts of 32 counties of Ireland, including those residing in the borough towns that returned MPs. The electorate of Dublin is particularly prominent, providing street-by-street listings of names, addresses and voting details.

Those eligible to vote through membership of a trade guild or as Freeman of the City are also listed, together with details of people brought to the attention of the Select Committee on Fictitious Votes.

“Only a handful of postal and street directories exist for this period in places other than Dublin and Belfast, so these electoral lists should be very useful for the family historian,“ said Ian Galbraith, managing director of Origins.net.

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