Thursday, 13 June 2013

Ancestry updates North Nottinghamshire Register of Voters

News from Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) on an update to one of its record collections:

North Nottinghamshire Register of Voters, 1885
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=34820

Whilst this collection launched on Ancestry.co.uk last year (as record images), it has now been updated with an index – meaning it is now possible for users to search the records. These registers list the names of North Nottingham residents who were eligible to vote in elections in 1885. Registers of eligible voters were kept on an annual basis beginning in 1832. This database contains the register for North Nottingham for the year beginning 1 January 1885 and ending 1 January 1886. Included is the voter’s name, place of abode, type of property that qualified him, and location of the property. This may be the same as the place of abode, or it may be a rental or some other property. Names of tenants or landlords may also be included.

These records were indexed by volunteers in the Ancestry World Archives Project, which means the index is free to the genealogical community, although access to images of the records requires a membership. In order to help preserve historical records for generations to come, we welcome people to join the Ancestry World Archives Project, a collaborative effort involving thousands of people around the world keying digital records to make them free for everyone. Anyone can join, and you decide how much time you’ll contribute—as little as 15 minutes helps.

(With thanks to Bryony Partridge)

Chris

My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. My Scottish land and church records ebooks are available at http://www.gen-ebooks.com/unlock-the-past.html, whilst my next Pharos Scottish course, Scottish Research Online, starts Sep 4th - see http://pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Time to smash a few brick walls...!

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