Ancestry announces the availability of a new database, “Westminster, London, England, Electoral Registers, 1902-1970.” Compiled from City of Westminster Archives Centre files using text recognition, it includes records from the former Metropolitan Boroughs of Marylebone and Paddington.
The database, of 13,360,481 items, provides insights into the lives of registered voters during that period. The records contain information such as names, residences, and voting qualifications. Finding an entry opens up further avenues for research. Is the street still there? It’s easy to check successive years to see if they moved often, or perhaps they no longer appear. Why?
Who were the neighbours? In some of the earlier volumes, the occupation of the individuals, and those of neighbours, are also mentioned. Cross check with the census, where available, and Booth’s Poverty Map for the earlier period to find out about the neighbourhood.
Due to the global conflicts of 1916-1917 and 1940-1944, registers were not produced during these years.
The collection includes 41 printed registers, some of which date back even further than 1902. These can be individually browsed, offering a unique opportunity to delve into the past and trace the footsteps of those who resided in Westminster well over a century ago.