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Australian Electoral rolls

The question is often raised: which of the 3 paid subscription sites is the best value for money: FindMyPast, Ancestry or MyHeritage?

In my personal experience, I haven’t come across a record collection at MyHeritage that isn’t available on either FindMyPast or Ancestry, or for free elsewhere on the internet. I have 10,000 odd people in my tree, and last year it cost me more just to keep my tree, and to have the Smart Matches, on MyHeritage than the UK Heritage subscription at Ancestry, and it was going to cost even more to have access to the record collections. As a result, I don’t use MyHeritage anymore.

My ancestors have been in Australia since between 1841 and 1863, and they came to Australia from the United Kingdom and Ireland, and one from Sweden. My ex-husband has more of a mix, with ancestors from Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as the United Kingdom and Ireland. Some of our ancestors had siblings that migrated to the United States and Canada, as well as a couple of branches that went to New Zealand.

I have found that Ancestry has had the most records, but that FindMyPast has unique record collections that aren’t available elsewhere. I am therefore more likely to get a yearly subscription to Ancestry, while I use free weekends, special offers, or PayPerView to use FindMyPast. And I use free resources as much as possible.

But, in fairness to all the sites, I’ve decided to do a comparison (as much as I can) between the record collections at each of the sites, so that you can decide for yourself which site(s) would be the best value for your money. Each week, I will do a comparison between one group of records.

This week, I am looking at Australian Electoral rolls.

MyHeritage:

Queensland, Australia, Electoral rolls, 1949 738,850
Queensland, Australia, Electoral rolls, 1934 569,938
Queensland, Australia, Electoral rolls, 1922 418,909
Queensland, Australia, Electoral rolls, 1913 361,924
Queensland, Australia, Electoral rolls, 1903 227,115
Queensland State Electoral roll 1915 14,708
Queensland State Electoral roll 1910 5,992
Queensland State Electoral roll 1905 3,451
Queensland State Electoral roll 1900 3,280
Queensland State Electoral roll 1895 2,452
Bendigo Electoral roll 1922 715

11 collections, with 2,347,334 records

FindMyPast

• – New South Wales (state electoral rolls for the years 1903 and 1913 and commonwealth electoral rolls for 1935) – 100% have images
• Northern Territory (for the years 1895, 1906, 1922, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1937, and 1940) – 0% have images
• Western Australia (commonwealth electoral rolls for the years 1939, 1943, and 1949) – 100% have images
• Queensland (for the years 1860-1884 and 1895-1915 for state electoral records and 1903, 1906, 1913, 1922, 1934, 1941, 1949, and 1959 for commonwealth electoral rolls) – 45% have images
• Tasmania (commonwealth electoral rolls for the years 1916, 1934, and 1943) – 66% have images

• Included are the commonwealth electoral rolls from two separate years, 1934 and 1943, for the following regions of Tasmania: Bass, Darwin, Denison, Franklin and Wilmot

• South Australia (commonwealth electoral rolls for the years 1939, 1941, and 1943) – 100% have images

• This data set contains the electoral rolls for three separate years – 1939, 1941 & 1943 – for the following South Australian regions: Barker, Boothby, Grey, Hindmarsh & Wakefield.

• Victoria

Victoria Commonwealth electoral roll 1939 – 1946
The rolls cover the following Victorian regions:
• Balaclava
• Ballarat
• Batman
• Bendigo
• Bourke
• Corangamite
• Corio
• Deakin
• Fawkner
• Flinders
• Gippsland
• Henty
• Indi
• Kooyong
• Maribyrnong
• Melbourne
• Melbourne Ports
• Wannon
• Wimmera
• Yarra.

Although it doesn’t appear in the A-Z of record collections, I also found FindMyPast has the 1922 Electoral roll for Victoria.

One other feature of FindMyPast is the ability to search by address, as well as by name.

I couldn’t find any details about the number of records in each of these collections.

Ancestry

Australia, Electoral rolls, 1903-1980 – 103,824,029 records

State and Years Presently Included:
This database currently includes electoral rolls for the following states and years. Those marked by asterisk have been transcribed. For all other years, the records were extracted using a new OCR indexing method. They were not transcribed. We encourage you to correct any errors you find in the data by going to the image and editing the name in the correction panel at the bottom of the page.
• Australian Capital Territory: 1928*, 1929-31, 1935*, 1937*, 1943*, 1949*, 1954*, 1958*, 1963*, 1968*, 1972*, 1977*, 1980*
• New South Wales: 1903-04, 1913, 1930*, 1931-32, 1933*, 1934-35, 1936-37*, 1943*, 1949*, 1953-54*, 1958*, 1963*, 1968*, 1972*, 1977*, 1980*
• Northern Territory: 1922*, 1928, 1929*, 1930-31, 1934*, 1937*, 1943*, 1949*, 1954*, 1958*, 1963*, 1968*, 1972*, 1977*, 1980*
• Queensland: 1903*, 1905*, 1906, 1908*, 1909-10, 1912, 1913*, 1914-17, 1919*, 1921*, 1922, 1925*, 1926, 1928-29, 1930*, 1931-32, 1934, 1936-37*, 1943*, 1949*, 1954*, 1958*, 1963*, 1968*, 1972*, 1977*, 1980*
• South Australia: 1939, 1941, 1943-51
• Tasmania: 1914*, 1915-17, 1919*, 1921, 1922*, 1925, 1928*, 1929-31, 1934, 1936-37*, 1943-44*, 1949*, 1954*, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1972, 1977, 1980
• Victoria: 1856*, 1903*, 1905-06, 1908, 1909*, 1910, 1912-13, 1914*, 1915-18, 1919*, 1920-22, 1924*, 1925-28, 1931*, 1932-35, 1936-37*, 1942-43*, 1949*, 1954*, 1958*, 1963*, 1967, 1968*, 1972*, 1977*, 1980*
• Western Australia: 1903*, 1905, 1906*, 1909, 1910-11*, 1912-15, 1916*, 1917-22, 1925*, 1926, 1928-30, 1931*, 1934, 1936-37*, 1943*, 1949*, 1954*, 1958*, 1963*, 1968*, 1972*, 1977*, 1980*

New South Wales, Australia Historical Electoral Rolls, 1842-1864 – 50,370 records

Summary

This corresponds with my experience of the three sites overall – the collections on MyHeritage are also on FindMyPast, with FindMyPast having more collections. FindMyPast has less collections than Ancestry, but it has some collections that aren’t on Ancestry.

I have not been able to find any of the Electoral rolls available elsewhere on the internet.

 

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