Sunday, 7 November 2010

Fife Voters Lists now online

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has now uploaded the Fife, Scotland, Voters List 1832-1894 collection, as indexed by the World Archives Collection,and as sourced from Fife Library and Archives Service. From the site:

Electoral registers, or registers of voters, are lists of individuals who are eligible to vote during the time the register is in force (usually one year), and genealogists use them to establish a place and time of residence. Many voters on the lists in this database became eligible to vote after parliamentary reform passed in Scotland in 1832 expanded the country’s electorate from about 4,500 to 65,000 voters by lowering the property requirement for franchise to £10. Subsequent legislation would further extend suffrage in Scotland, though women would not be given the vote until the 20th century.

The registers of voters in this database come from several areas in Scotland:

•Burgh of Burntisland, 1864, 1894
•Burgh of Dunfermline 1859, 1869, 1871
•Burgh of Dysart, 1832
•Burgh of Kinghorn, 1832, 1892
•County of Fife, 1832–41, 1846, 1861–62, 1862–63, 1863–64, 1864–65, 1878–79
•Western District of Fife, 1860
Records can be searched by place of residence, register year, and name. Records may also include occupation, street or street address, whether a proprietor or tenant, description of property, and a name of a village, farm, or property.

Curretly under prepartion throgh the project is the Tax & Rent Records Perth, Scotland and the Valuation Registers Perth, Scotland collections, as well as the England, Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures, 1710-1811, though I'm guessing this will also include the Scottish returns, as they are all held at TNA.

Chris

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