Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Poll Books

Poll Books: "Poll books were published from the late 1600s onwards, right through into the late 1800s.

Not only were polls not secret, lists of people were published, together with how they voted. Poll books often also contain their qualification for being able to vote, together with the address of the person.

In general, one had to be a freeholder in order to vote. An owner of land or of a house. Some records also remain of the additions and removals from the lists of those entitled to vote, together with qualifications for being able to vote, but these are very rare.

The Sheriff's Lists are books compiled annually containing the names and residences of every male freeholder in his county. This was for the purposes of summoning juries. Where they survive, they also compliment the Poll Books for lists of freeholders."


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