Wales, West Glamorgan, Electoral Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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This collection contains electoral registers and Burgess Rolls for the Borough of Swansea in West Glamorgan. The records contain the names and addresses of those who registered to vote.
Before 1884, the registers were arranged by polling district, then alphabetically by surname. After 1884, they were arranged by polling district and then by street.
The records cover the years 1839 to 1925.
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 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 from 1916 to 1917 (1915 to 1917 for Scotland) and 1940 to 1944. In the early years, registers only covered 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.
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.
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- Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace. Wales, West Glamorgan, electoral registers. West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea, Wales.
The key genealogical facts usually found in Electoral Registers usually includes:
- 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.
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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.
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