Where can I search the 2014 electoral roll?
Below is a summary of some of the main companies that will offer the electoral roll for this year – it is not an exhaustive list – if you find some others offering a good deal, let us know and we can add them on.
We should say at this point that Family Tree Folk are not associated with any of the companies mentioned here – its just useful information for people interested in our site and in the range of gifts, cards , magnifiers and archival products we provide.
Tracesmart is one of the main providers of the online electoral roll – it comes up as one of the first few hits in most of the search engines when you do a search for “2014 electoral roll”.
Tracesmart says it uses the publishable electoral roll and other sources and currently has about 35 million people in its searchable records – approximately 58% of the population of the UK. That’s quite high when you think that about 20% of the overall population is under 18 and therefore not eligible to vote. It also contains the ages of 32 million people and the company press release boasts that anyone searching on their site can find 9 in every 10 people they look for.
At the moment, as well as offering an advanced business search, Tracesmart offers a search for private users.
- From just £3.49 per month.
This was one of the first companies to offer the electoral roll online and has been going several years now. It became the first directory to put together its electoral register data with age information obtained from birth data and now offers the opportunity to do age-limited searches.
The company says that this will make it easier to identify the person you are looking for, even if they move to different addresses, as their name and age stay the same.
You can search for free, but names come up with no further information. If you want more you have to use up a credit and these are available in various packages:
- 6 credits £9.95 (£1.66 each) + VAT
- 100 credits £34.95 (35p each) + VAT
- 300 credits £84.95 (28p each) + VAT
- 600 credits £149.95 (25p each) + VAT
Credits are valid for 6 months from date of purchase.
You can also add the Extended Archive Membership for £4.95 + VAT per month. This is valid for one year and is used to search an extended database of 200 million records, outside of the electoral roll for 2013.
192.com seems to be a generally expensive option but, remember that these prices include the new 2014 electoral roll data.
The people finder option at 192.com allows you to search the 2014 electoral roll and the other electoral registers back to 2002. It also includes data from company and director reports, the birth, marriage and death registers and directory inquiries.
For family history, it is also interesting that 192.com have put up the birth, marriage and death indexes (now also on Ancestry.co.uk and the other ancestry websites, and www.findmypast.com. It also has the 1861 census – this and the other census are already on ancestry, and findmypast is planning to include them soon.
A nice feature with 192.com is the links to 192.com maps, which you can use to map an address.
Once this was not an option for someone doing family history, or anyone for that matter. The genealogy site www.findmypast.com – which used to be called 1837online.com has launched its own searchable electoral roll.
The Living Relatives section on findmypast now provides access to the current electoral roll; telephone data updated monthly and historical director information.
As the site quite correctly says, it is probably the cheapest way of searching the electoral roll if you want the latest one and you only want to do a few searches.
Each name search costs 10 units, and you can buy 60 units for £6.95 and 280 units for £24.95.
With this last plan, each credit costs less than 10 pence so a single electoral roll search would be 89 pence. And you don’t have to use all your credits on the electoral roll – findmypast has lots of other records more useful to family history, way beyond what 192.com has – including emigration records, ships records etc.
You can also buy larger packages that last a year and give you full access to all the records with unlimited downloads of data.
So, search the electoral roll free is not possible, but it is possible to spend your money wisely and get good value searches to get the electoral roll information you need.