Useful name lists from the Society of Genealogists’ Library now published on findmypast

A selection of useful name lists from the Society of Genealogists’ Library, has now been published on the findmypast website as the England, Pollbooks and Directories 1830-1837 collection.

The lists are drawn from the Society of Genealogists Digitised Pollbooks which hitherto have been available exclusively for members via the Society’s website.  These and many more  pollbooks from the Society's Library are made searchable as part of the SoG Data Online. The England, Pollbooks and Directories 1830-1837 collection includes the following sources:-

Bath Reform Pollbook 1832-1837

Bedfordshire Pollbook 1832

Bristol Pollbook 1830

Buckinghamshire Pollbook 1831

Cambridge University Pollbook 1831

Cambridgeshire Pollbook 1830

Cambridgeshire Pollbook 1832

Canterbury Burgesses Pollbook 1835

Colchester Pollbook 1830

Derbyshire North Pollbook 1832

Derbyshire South Pollbook 1832

Dorset Pollbook 1831

Durham City Pollbook 1832

Durham North Pollbook 1832

Hereford City Pollbook 1835

Hertford City Pollbook 1835

Rochester Pollbook 1830

Shrewsbury Pollbook 1835

Truro Pollbook 1832

Wallingford Pollbook 1832


These name rich lists have been especially selected for the decade prior to the 1841 census and can be a useful source for researching before the start of civil registration of births in 1837 in England and Wales. Pollbooks published the names of the electorate and how they voted. In some cases, the books include the individual’s residence and occupation, as well as those who did not vote in the election. Of course inclusion in these lists was limited to those men who  were eligible to vote  at the time. As the publishers and not the election clerks assembled the books, there are many misspellings of names and places. Pollbooks started in 1696 with an Act of Parliament, which gave the county sheriffs the responsibility of recording elections. The Secret Ballot Act of 1872 forbade the publishing of how individual’s voted and thus ended the need for pollbooks.

In this collection, you will also find The Quaker Annual Monitor 1831. It is a list of all the British Quakers who died within the last twelve months. For many people listed, obituaries with short biographies including causes of death were printed. In some cases, the obituary or memorial is several pages long and details the individual’s dedication to the faith. The Monitor is an excellent source for family historians as the obituaries may include the names of other relatives.

The Society of Genealogists holds an extensive run of the published Quaker Annual Monitor including a published inded for the years 1813-92 containing over 20,000 obituary notices, alphabetically & chronologically arranged.

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