Friday, September 24, 2021

Findmypast Friday: 32 million Electoral Registers Published

I received this from Findmypast today:


Findmypast publishes 32 million Electoral Registers

1910 to 1919 Electoral Registers from England & Wales now available to search online with greater accuracy than ever before

New and improved collection bridges the vital gap between the 1911 Census and 1939 register

Containing 32 million names and 14 million addresses, the new Registers form a vital resource for anyone searching for ancestors or exploring the history of a home in early 20th Century Britain ahead of the launch of 1921 Census

Leading family history website Findmypast have today announced the publication of a significant update to their collection of. These new additions have been added to Findmypast’s existing collection of indexed 1920 to 1932 registers to create a vast new resource containing 150 million records spanning over two decades.

Ahead of Findmypast’s widely anticipated release of the 1921 Census of England & Wales in January 2022, improved access to these important British Library documents will enable family historians to locate their ancestors between the 1911 Census and 1939 Register with greater ease and accuracy than ever before.

As well as adding a staggering 32 million names, Findmypast’s new and improved England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1910-1932 collection now contains over 14 million additional addresses making it a valuable resource for anyone looking to explore the history of their home.

Electoral Registers are listings of all those registered to vote in a particular area. The lists were created annually to record the names of eligible voters and their reason for eligibility, such as their residence or ownership of a property. Registration for voters in England and Wales has been required since 1832 and registers were typically published annually, making them particularly useful for tracking ancestors between censuses, uncovering previous occupants of a property or exploring the history of a local area.

Thanks to a new technique known as “Structured Data Extract”, England & Wales Electoral Registers 1910-1932 has been fully indexed, allowing users to search millions of images by name, date, location and keyword. As well as images, each search result provides a transcript recording the individual’s name, registration year, address or abode, the nature of their qualification to vote or a description of their property, and occasionally their occupation or age.

This new method has not only enabled Findmypast to extract large volumes of meaningful information from so many original documents, it has also allowed for this data to be structured and organised to a greater degree than traditional Optical Character Recognition. This not only enables more precise searches but also the use of name variants which will catch a huge assortment of miss-spelled names.

RICHARD JACKSON, Findmypast’s Data Development Manager said: "To extract meaningful data from images, the documents go through three distinct steps. Firstly, Findmypast process the images, de-skewing to align wonky text. Then the images are enhanced to amplify the text on the page for better character recognition. Once the text on each image has been captured, the Structured Data Extract process analyses and identifies the contents and structure of each image based on a variety of expectations."

In the case of Electoral Registers, names are expected to appear on the left-hand side of each image with address information on the right. In time, we hope to revisit this dataset to extract even more value for our customers and hope that they enjoy the results of this first stage of extraction.

Findmypast is now able provide users with unrivalled record coverage for early 20th century Britain, allowing them to trace their family story across a period of history that has traditionally been difficult for many researchers.

Other records available to search this Findmypast Friday:

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Disclosure: I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador. This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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