Electoral Roll

The Electoral Roll

Electoral Roll

The Electoral roll can be of great use to family historians and genealogists, as they can assist in helping to locate the residential addresses of your ancestors in a particular year or over a period of years. Similarly, it can also show changes in addresses over an ancestor’s lifetime.

They are created after each census and list all the eligible voters in an area and can include information such as name, address, occupation, and sometimes if we are lucky a person’s age, marital status, and religious affiliation. As family historians, we can then use this information to trace an ancestor’s movements over time, as well as to find out more about their social and economic status.

Electoral rolls are also often supplemented with other records, such as census records and/or court records providing genealogists and family historians with even more details about their ancestors and as such, giving them a better understanding of their lives and personal relationships.


Electoral forms are available in most countries, and many of them date back to the early 19th century. This means that genealogists and family historians can access records that are centuries old and get a glimpse into how their ancestors lived. They can also help to verify family connections and potentially fill in gaps in a genealogy.

Another advantage of electoral forms is that they are relatively easy to access either in person or online. This makes them a convenient source for genealogists who do not have the time or ability to travel for research.

By transferring your ancestor’s information into these editable forms you can create a snapshot of their lives at a given point in time. By using multiple consecutive Electoral rolls you can get a picture of where a person lived over a period of time along with the other members of their family that lived with them.

In some circumstances, an Electoral roll can also be considered a census substitute. 

What information can you keep in this Electoral Roll?

1 . Chart Details

  • Name.
  • Page    of   
  • Roll Number

2. Roll Details

  • The Year,
  • Division,
  • Number,
  • Name,
  • Address,
  • Occupation,
  • Sex

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