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Findmypast.co.uk (FMP) have announced that they have commenced a partnership with the British Library to digitise many records held in library.
These include UK electoral registers for the period of 100 years after the Reform Act of 1832. Also the records of baptisms, marriages and burials drawn from the archives of the India Office.
The right to vote was gradually widened during the 100 years following the Reform Act and these will be very useful in tracking the movement of your ancestors between the census decades. However, it must be remember that in the early years, only a small percentage of the population were entitled to vote.
Some electoral registers for Essex are already available to view at the Essex Record Office’s SEAX system for the years 1918 and 1929.
It is not clear from the FMP press release what years these BMD records will cover. The British Library states the India Office records cover, “the archives of the East India Company (1600-1858), the Board of Control or Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India (1784-1858), the India Office (1858-1947), the Burma Office (1937-1948), and a number of related British agencies overseas.”
British Library India Office Records
Both sets of records should be available in 2012.
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