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Record Description
Record Type National Register
Collection years 1939
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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. The index was provided by Findmypast.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The Register includes the following:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Place of birth

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Approximate date of the event

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Use the birth and age to search for the individual in censuses

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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in England.

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