Containing the ever-important electoral rolls. With over 6.5 million records available for Australia and New Zealand these records cover important milestones in your ancestors’ journeys. The records cover a period from the 1850s to the mid-1900s, providing you with lots of valuable information.
Using electoral rolls is an important part of the process for people researching family history. As enrolment is compulsory for all eligible voters (with the exception of Norfolk Island) there is a strong chance that a person can be located. Electoral rolls contain valuable information such as name, address, occupation and polling place. As census data is not always available, electoral rolls are certainly the next best thing to aid your search and really are worth their weight in gold!
The Crown Land Licences Victoria lists thousands of occupants of crown land licences. This very important historical and genealogical source also contains information such as name of licensee, name of run, quantity of land in each station, number of licenses charged for each station, license fee and amount of stock. The Yewens Directory Landholders New South Wales is another extensive guide to over 70,000 landholders throughout NSW, by district and postal address. There is an introduction and summary to each district. It indicates for each landholder whether they are dairy farmers, graziers or agriculturalists and what crops are under cultivation.
Other useful record sets include the Land Tax Register & Valuation Victoria 1888 which contain tables of land tax registers with information such as owner name, address, valuation and class of land. The Pastoral Possessions of New South Wales includes information on areas of land owned. Each pastoral holding includes things like the area in acres, the annual rent and licence fee. The information is detailed and includes the date of notification in the government gazette.Search Now
This is an example of a New Zealand transcription, information that can be found on transcriptions vary but in most cases an address is available, occupation, nature of their qualification and in some cases comments. These provide a useful insight into where your ancestors lived at the time and what they did for employment.
This is an example of the original electoral roll document. It shows the actual date of the electoral, full name is available as well as their current address and occupation. Additionally their age is also noted. Electoral rolls are extremely useful where census records are not available.