The 1939 Register

The 1939 Register is one of the most important contemporary documents available to genealogists (Family Historians). During my new, engaging family history talk I explore:

+ Why is this one of the most important contemporary documents?

+ What are the key differences between the UK Census and the 1939 Register?

+ How can you access the 1939 Register and use it effectively?

+ What are the major pitfalls to avoid?

+ Why can’t I find the person I’m looking for?

+ How can I see my record?

These and many more questions will be answered.

If your venue has Internet access bring your Laptop, iPad or tablet along and find your 1939 ancestors.

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Who was responsible for The Register?

Sylvanus Percival Vivian, Registrar General for England & Wales (between 1921-1945), was the driving force behind the creation of the 1939 National Register. He also organised the 1921 & 1931 UK Census

 

What was recorded?

For each individual the following details are included:

+ address
+ schedule number
+ sub number
+ surname
+ first name(s)
+ role (for institutions only – Officer, Visitor, Servant, Patient, Inmate)
+ gender
+ date of birth
+ marital status
+ occupation

 

How to access the 1939 Register for England & Wales

The 1939 Register was released in November 2015 and can be accessed on the following websites (correct August 2018):

+ Findmypast.co.uk
+ Ancestry.co.uk
+ Transcriptions without images are on MyHeritage.com

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Ration Book 1939

Ration Book

 

Find out more in my talk:

+ What was the 1939 Register?
+ What was recorded?
+ How did The Register come to be developed?
+ Qualifications for an enumerator
+ How to access the 1939 Register for England & Wales
+ How the register differs from other censuses
+ How to search the 1939 Register
+ Pitfalls to avoid when searching
+ Unusual finds
+ The NHS
+ Why can’t I find the person I’m looking for?
+ Who should I be looking for?
+ Identity cards
+ Top tips
+ Summary
+ Extra Information
+ How can I see my own record?

 

Robert Parker is a Genealogist and Trainer, based in Cambridgeshire. He delivers courses, guidance, talks, and research services for those interested in tracing their ancestors. See www.myfamilygenealogy.co.uk for further details. Contact Robert to discuss your requirements without obligation. What stories might your ancestors tell?

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