Freemason in the family?

Now it’s easier to look for freemasons from the past thanks to a digitisation project between the Library and Museum and Ancestry, the world’s largest online family history resource.

Ancestry has transcribed over two million records of freemasons in the English and Irish Constitutions using the membership registers of the United Grand Lodge of England and the Grand Lodge of Ireland. These names have created a searchable online database of freemasons from the 1750s to the early 1920s. The database and images from the Grand Lodge registers are being made available via Ancestry’s website. This will provide information about individual lodge affiliation as well as address and occupation details.

Ancestry provides a pay per view or subscription service and free access will also be available in the Library and Museum. Further details are available on the Family History page and on www.ancestry.co.uk