Wales, West Glamorgan, Electoral Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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West Glamorgan, Wales
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Record Description
Record Type Electoral Registers
Collection years 1839-1925
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Archive
West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea, Wales


What is in This Collection?

This collection contains electoral registers and Burgess Rolls for the Borough of Swansea in West Glamorgan for the years 1839 to 1925. The records contain the names and addresses of those who registered to vote.

This and additional information came from image number 2 in the Register of electors, 1921, folio nos. 001-122, Autumn register

The meaning of the abbreviations found in the voting registers are as follows:

R - Residence qualification
B.P. - Business premises qualification
O. - Occupation qualification
H.O - Qualification through husband's occupation
N.M. - Naval or military voter

The entry of the appropriate index letter or letters against a name in the column 2 (a) headed "Parliamentary" indicates that the elector is a parliamentary elector, and the entry of the appropriate letter or letters against a name in the column 2 (b) headed "Local Govt." indicates that the elector is a local government elector. Where no index letter is entered in one or other of those columns against a name, the elector is not entitled to the franchise to which the column relates.

-Town Clerk and Registration Officer

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.

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.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.

Image Visibility

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To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Wales, West Glamorgan, Electoral Registers 1839-1925.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Electoral registers usually contain 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 Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • The location of the residence

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select County
  2. Select Record Type, Date Range and Volume to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • 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

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain transcription errors such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors. It is a good idea to confirm information with the record image when available

Record Finder

Consult the Wales Record Finder to find other records

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Wales, West Glamorgan, Electoral Registers, 1839-1925" Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace. West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea, Wales.
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