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England and Wales National Register, 1939


This collection contains records from the 1939 National Register, taken in England and Wales on September 29, 1939. Details of around 40 million people were recorded in more than 65,000 transcript books, now held in record series RG 101. The register was used to issue identity cards, organize rationing and more. While the 1939 Register is not a census, it is arranged along similar lines and includes similar information. It does, however, show exact dates of birth, while census returns simply give a person’s age. Individuals’ records remain closed for 100 years from their date of birth or until proof of death is produced. Closed records will be blanked out in the search results The index was provided by Findmypast, and users will be directed to images on

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"England and Wales National Register, 1939." Database. FamilySearch. : 13 January 2021. From "General Register Office: National Registration: 1939 Register." Database. FindMyPast. : 2017. Citing RG 101, The National Archives, Kew, England.

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