England Cheshire Register of Electors (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
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This collection will include records from 1842 to 1900.
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Most of the registers have been published. Before 1884, they are arranged by polling district and then alphabetically by surname. After 1884, they were arranged by polling district and then by street.
  
== Collection Time Period  ==
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In 1832, the Reform Act created electoral registers. These registers recorded individuals who qualified to vote in the national elections for representation in parliament. The qualifications changed over the years. There were also electoral registers that covered local elections. Boroughs of large cities had their own electoral registers and their own qualifications for being listed in the registers. In 1878, boroughs combined their registers for the national and local elections. Other places combined their registers by 1885. Registration was suspended and no electoral registers were created during the World Wars: 1916–1917 (1915–1917 for Scotland) and 1940–1944. In the early years, registers covered only about 7 percent of the population. By 1867, they covered about 11 percent. Until 1918, the registers list only men because women were not allowed to vote. Until 1971, the registers listed only those 21 years of age or older.
  
 
Registers have been published annually with few exceptions from 1832 to the present.  
 
Registers have been published annually with few exceptions from 1832 to the present.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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Electoral registers were created to determine who could vote. If an individual’s name did not appear in the register, he or she could not vote.
  
Most of the registers have been published. Before 1884, they are arranged by polling district and then alphabetically by surname. After 1884, they were arranged by polling district and then by street.  
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Since the government required the electoral registers, the reliability of the records would be high with respect to the place of residence and the name of the individual.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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== Record Content  ==
  
 
The registers are arranged in columns and give the following information:  
 
The registers are arranged in columns and give the following information:  
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== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
The electoral registers may help you determine the residence of an individual and how long that person lived there. You may also be able to determine your ancestor’s social status and to locate other records in which that person might appear.
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To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
  
== Record History  ==
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*Name of ancestor
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*Approximate year and place of birth
  
In 1832, the Reform Act created electoral registers. These registers recorded individuals who qualified to vote in the national elections for representation in parliament. The qualifications changed over the years. There were also electoral registers that covered local elections. Boroughs of large cities had their own electoral registers and their own qualifications for being listed in the registers. In 1878, boroughs combined their registers for the national and local elections. Other places combined their registers by 1885. Registration was suspended and no electoral registers were created during the World Wars: 1916–1917 (1915–1917 for Scotland) and 1940–1944.&nbsp;In the early years, registers covered only about 7 percent of the population. By 1867, they covered about 11 percent. Until 1918, the registers list only men because women were not allowed to vote. Until 1971, the registers listed only those 21 years of age or older.
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
  
Electoral registers were created to determine who could vote. If an individual’s name did not appear in the register, he or she could not vote.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
  
=== Record Reliability ===
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==== Using the Information ====
  
Since the government required the electoral registers, the reliability of the records would be high with respect to the place of residence and the name of the individual.  
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The electoral registers may help you determine the residence of an individual and how long that person lived there. You may also be able to determine your ancestor’s social status and to locate other records in which that person might appear.  
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.  
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*[http://www.ukisearch.com/cheshire.html Cheshire, England Genealogy]
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*[http://www.londonfhc.org/content/catalogue?p=England,England,Cheshire Microfilm Listings from the London Family History Centre]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[Cheshire|Cheshire]]  
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*[[Cheshire]]  
*[[Electoral Rolls or Registers in England|Electoral Rolls or Registers in England]]  
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*[[Electoral Rolls or Registers in England]]  
*[[England|England]]  
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*[[England]]  
*[[FamilySearch's Resources for the United Kingdom and Ireland|FamilySearch's Resources for the United Kingdom and Ireland]]  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/FamilySearch%27s_Resources_for_Britain_and_Ireland FamilySearch's Resources for Britain and Ireland]  
*[[Poll Books in England and Wales|Poll Books in England and Wales]]
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*[[Poll Books in England and Wales]]
  
 
== Contributions To This Article  ==
 
== Contributions To This Article  ==
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
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==== Citation Example&nbsp;for Records Found&nbsp;in This Collection  ====
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"England, Cheshire, Register of Electors, 1842-1900." images, ''FamilySearch'' ([http://www.familysearch.org http://www.familysearch.org]): accessed March 9, 2011, entry for Thomas Moore, registered to vote 1870; FHL microfilm 1,544,321; Cheshire Court of Quarter Sessions of Peace, Record Office, Chester, England.
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== Citation for This Collection  ==
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The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->“England, Cheshire, register of electors, 1842-1900,” images, ''FamilySearch'' ([http://www.familysearch.org http://www.familysearch.org]); 2009, from Cheshire Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace. "Register of Electors." Record Office, Chester (England). FHL microfilm, 11 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. <!--bibdescend-->
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
  
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
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{{Collection citation | text= "England, Cheshire, Register of Electors, 1842-1900." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace. Record Office, Chester.}}
  
 
[[Category:Cheshire|Register of Electors]]
 
[[Category:Cheshire|Register of Electors]]

Revision as of 19:44, 20 December 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This collection will include records from 1842 to 1900.

Most of the registers have been published. Before 1884, they are arranged by polling district and then alphabetically by surname. After 1884, they were arranged by polling district and then by street.

In 1832, the Reform Act created electoral registers. These registers recorded individuals who qualified to vote in the national elections for representation in parliament. The qualifications changed over the years. There were also electoral registers that covered local elections. Boroughs of large cities had their own electoral registers and their own qualifications for being listed in the registers. In 1878, boroughs combined their registers for the national and local elections. Other places combined their registers by 1885. Registration was suspended and no electoral registers were created during the World Wars: 1916–1917 (1915–1917 for Scotland) and 1940–1944. In the early years, registers covered only about 7 percent of the population. By 1867, they covered about 11 percent. Until 1918, the registers list only men because women were not allowed to vote. Until 1971, the registers listed only those 21 years of age or older.

Registers have been published annually with few exceptions from 1832 to the present.

Electoral registers were created to determine who could vote. If an individual’s name did not appear in the register, he or she could not vote.

Since the government required the electoral registers, the reliability of the records would be high with respect to the place of residence and the name of the individual.

Record Content

The registers are arranged in columns and give the following information:

  • Given name and surname of each voter
  • Place of abode (residence)
  • Nature of qualification (what qualified the individual to be included in the register)
  • Name of property or street
  • Sometimes handwritten notes may have been added, giving such information as who the person voted for, when the voter died, or the removal of the voter.

How to Use the Records

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year and place of birth

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

The electoral registers may help you determine the residence of an individual and how long that person lived there. You may also be able to determine your ancestor’s social status and to locate other records in which that person might appear.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions To This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"England, Cheshire, Register of Electors, 1842-1900." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace. Record Office, Chester.