I'm afraid I can't help with your Poll Book query - I haven't found
any book/website where all this information is brought together.
Electoral registers started in 1832 and included the names of people
entitled to vote with their qualification (land ownerships etc).
After 1918 the qualification was not really relevant but the numbers
vastly increased so you need an address rather than just a name. It
was at this time that the register system started in more or less its
present form. It was in 1872 that the a secret ballot was substituted
for the hustings so 1868 is the last election for which true Poll
Books are available - these give the names of who your ancestor voted
for. So as you say if you wanted to go back earlier the Poll Books
would seem to be the answer.
PS There's quite a bit a bit on Wikipedia but it's not from a family
historians point of view and you have to follow the links and/or
search the site as the information is spread over many articles.
There's a starter here:-
At 17:14 31/03/2007, you wrote:
Unfortunately, none give any information on where these records can
Maybe I should have asked about Poll Books, rather than Electorail Rolls?
So if anyone has information about Poll Books for the 1800-1900 in Lanc.'s,
I would appreciate your help.
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