Ancestry.co.uk has added two new collections to hep find the the Freemasons in your family. The announcement came from Ancestry.co.uk but the same records seem to be available on Ancestry.com. These records include a lot more than English and Irish records. They also include some entries for lodges located in Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Some of the records in this collection include: Brecon and Carmarthen (Wales), Montreal, Halifax and Portland (Canada), Christiana, Port Elizabeth, Barkley West, Cape Town and Machadodorp (South Africa), Invercargill (New Zealand), also South Australia.
The new Freemasonry Membership Registers for England and Ireland typically include name, profession, initiation date and other personal information.
The collections are individually titled as follows:
England, United Grand Lodge of England Freemason Membership Registers, 1751-1921
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=60620 and at http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60620&geo_a=r&o_iid=62817&o_lid=62817&o_sch=Web+Property
This is comprised of records from:
Antients Grand Lodge 1751-1813
Moderns Grand Lodge 1755-1813
United Grand Lodge of England 1813-1921
Sourced from the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, London
Ireland, Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Ireland Membership Registers, 1733-1923
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=60904 and at http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60904&geo_a=r&o_iid=62817&o_lid=62817&o_sch=Web+Property
Comprised of 24 volumes covering 1733-1923. Sourced from The Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.