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Dec 22

2012 Electoral Roll data now live!

Posted on Thursday 22nd December 2011

At Peopletracer we're pleased to integrate and make available the first tranche of the 2012 Electoral Roll. The information offers the largest and most accurate summary of the UK population, and ensures our customers benefit from the most current and authoritative residency data available in the country.

The information exists in two formats, the ‘full’ Electoral Roll which has qualified and conditional usage and the ‘edited’ Electoral Roll; the edited is a key dataset which we employ to help our customers search for long lost family members and friends.

Established by leading tracing and genealogy specialists, Peopletracer provides an online people search facility to help customers trace family and friends and the Electoral Roll is fundamental to the likely success of a people search.

Paul Weathersby, Peopletracer's Technical Director, commented on the latest data to be uploaded, "Every year we strive to be the first to utilise the newly released Electoral Roll data. Our customers need to be able to search the best information available and the more current the information, the better it is to accomplish a trace for a family member or friend.”

Over recent years the trend has seen the edited Electoral Roll diminish as opt-out rates increased. However, last year the opt-out decreased for the first time, falling 1% to 45% when compared with the preceding year. Absent data is generally bridged by the integration of other publicly available data.

Data is endlessly updated to ensure our system is able to scan the most relevant and productive information available. We will shortly complete uploading the new 2012 Electoral Roll and to ensure it remains up-to-date, it will also utilise the Rolling Register, a monthly update of approximately 250,000 records which amends Electoral Roll data to reflect changes in people's personal circumstances.