9. Directories, Poll Books & Electoral Registers

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Directories are a much neglected source of information yet they contain a wealth of information about the area in which your ancestor lived.  Created to serve a variety of purposes, the 20th century trade and street directories can list hospitals and asylums, schools and colleges, places of worship and other local institutions.  Poll books, the forerunners of current electoral registers, actually state who your ancestor voted for, assuming he qualified.

This chapter contains information on:

  • Early directories
  • Different types of directories
  • Contents of recent directories
  • Information on poll books and qualifications for voting
  • Early electoral registers and electoral districts

Index to Chapter 9:

 

annuaire……………………………………………………… 6

archdeaconry……………………………………………… 4

asylums………………………………………………………. 5

Berkeley……………………………………………………… 2

Bisley…………………………………………………………… 2

Bristol………………………………………………………….. 6

British Telecom…………………………………………… 6

censuses………………………………………………………. 5

Cheltenham……………………………. 2, 3, 6, 13, 14

Chipping Campden…………………………………… 2

Chipping Sodbury…………………………………. 2, 6

Cirencester………………………… 2, 3, 6, 11, 13, 14

Coaley…………………………………………………………. 6

Coleford………………………………………………….. 2, 6

college………………………………………………………….. 5

commercial directory…………………………………. 4

Conservatives…………………………………………… 11

copyholder……………………………………………. 7, 14

court directory…………………………………………….. 4

deanery……………………………………………………….. 4

diocese…………………………………………………………. 4

Diocese of Gloucester…………………………………. 5

Dursley……………………………………………………. 2, 6

East Gloucestershire……………………………….. 13

electoral registers……………………………………… 13

Fairford……………………………………………………. 2, 6

folk song……………………………………………………. 13

Forest of Dean……………………………………… 6, 14

freeholder………………………………………………. 7, 14

FRITH………………………………………………………….. 5

Gloucester…………………………. 2, 3, 6, 10, 13, 14

Gloucestershire……………………………….. 2, 9, 13

Gloucestershire Society for Industrial Archaeology               6

GWINNETT………………………………………… 13, 14

Henbury……………………………………………………… 8

HICKES……………………………………………………….. 3

historical notes…………………………………………… 5

hospitals……………………………………………………… 5

hundred………………………………………………………. 4

hustings…………………………………………………….. 11

justices…………………………………………………………. 5

Justices of the Peace……………………………………. 4

KELLY…………………………………………………………. 4

Kings Stanley…………………………………………….. 2

Kings Weston…………………………………………….. 8

Kingswood……………………………………………….. 14

Knight of the Shires……………………………………. 8

leaseholder……………………………………………….. 14

Lechlade…………………………………………………. 2, 6

Leonard Stanley………………………………………… 6

Littledean……………………………………………………. 2

London………………………………………………………… 2

Lord of the Manor………………………………………. 4

Lydney…………………………………………………….. 2, 6

magistrates…………………………………………………. 5

maltsters……………………………………………………… 3

Marshfield……………………………………………… 2, 6

Minchinhampton………………………………………. 2

Mitcheldean…………………………………………… 2, 6

Moreton-in-Marsh…………………………………. 2, 6

National Telephone Company…………………. 6

Newent……………………………………………………. 2, 6

Newnham………………………………………………. 2, 6

Nibley…………………………………………………………. 6

nonconformist chapels……………………………… 4

North Avon………………………………………………. 14

Northleach……………………………………………… 3, 6

Painswick……………………………………………….. 3, 6

parliamentary districts………………………… 4, 14

PIGOT………………………………………………………….. 4

places of worship……………………………………….. 5

plumper………………………………………………………. 8

Poll Book……………………………………………………… 7

population………………………………………………….. 4

Post Office……………………………………………….. 4, 6

Quarter Sessions………………………………………. 11

Reform Act………………………………………………… 14

RICH……………………………………………………………. 8

right to vote…………………………………………………. 7

salmon………………………………………………………… 2

schools…………………………………………………….. 4, 5

SLATER………………………………………………………. 4

Slimbridge………………………………………………….. 6

South Gloucestershire……………………………. 14

SOUTHWELL…………………………………………….. 8

Stow-on-the-Wold………………………………….. 3, 6

Street directory……………………………………………. 4

Stroud………………………………………….. 3, 6, 13, 14

tenant…………………………………………………….. 7, 14

Tetbury……………………………………………………. 3, 6

Tewkesbury……………………………….. 3, 6, 13, 14

Thornbury………………………………………… 3, 6, 14

TRACY………………………………………………………… 8

trade directories……………………………………… 2, 4

Uley…………………………………………………………. 3, 6

union…………………………………………………………… 4

Wagon Works…………………………………………… 11

West Gloucestershire……………………….. 13, 14

Whittington………………………………………………… 8

Wickwar………………………………………………….. 3, 6

Winchcombe………………………………………….. 3, 6

Wotton-under-Edge……………………………….. 3, 6