Find Ancestors

Top tip - using the Genes Reunited community

Welcome to the Genes Reunited community boards!

  • The Genes Reunited community is made up of millions of people with similar interests. Discover your family history and make life long friends along the way.
  • You will find a close knit but welcoming group of keen genealogists all prepared to offer advice and help to new members.
  • And it's not all serious business. The boards are often a place to relax and be entertained by all kinds of subjects.
  • The Genes community will go out of their way to help you, so don’t be shy about asking for help.

Quick Search

Single word search

Genes Extras

Genes Reunited subscription bonuses

As a way of saying thank you to our subscribers, we have launched Genes Extras. You'll find exclusive competitions and discounts on family history magazines, days out and much more.

Take me to Genes Extras


  • New posts
  • No new posts
  • Thread closed
  • Stickied, new posts
  • Stickied, no new posts

electoral role

Page 1 + 1 of 2

  1. «
  2. 1
  3. 2
ProfilePosted byOptionsPost Date


brummiejan Report 10 Jan 2013 23:03

The name on the electoral register is the name you go by as far as I know - and this would probably have been more flexible in the past than now too. Not a nickname obviously! Remember married women do not have to take their husband's name on marriage but would invariably have appeared on the register with his surname at this time.
My great-grandfather used his 2nd name and was recorded as this on electoral registers.
Your posting doesn't entirely make sense to me - do you wish to put a bit more about this so people can make suggestions?


MarieCeleste Report 10 Jan 2013 23:02

Diane, I don't think anyone could guarantee that. Anyone can call themselves anything they like as long as it's not for fraudulent purposes. If a woman lived with a man and was known by his surname then I wouldn't be surprised to find her as such on the ER. (But I bet someone will correct me if they know different!)

Would remarriage perhaps be an explanation? Or emigration?

Do you want to give us details?

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 10 Jan 2013 23:01

You put down on the electoral roll the name you are known by. ie you may heve been registered as Joyce but are known as Mary . people can call themselves any name as long as its not to defraud.


Gins Report 10 Jan 2013 22:59

Well, in 2013, my 'real' name, never appears!

Do you want to post the details?


Diane Report 10 Jan 2013 22:51

Please could anyone confirm that the name that appears on an electoral role has to be the name that appears on a birth record and not a nick name or name you might go by.
The reason being I have found a relative from 1946 - 1962 on the electoral role but can find no death record for her.
Thanks Diane