- Register launched online by Findmypast in association with The National Archives
- Records of people and their homes universally accessible to all for the first time
- Wealth of contextual information signals a revolutionary new approach to family history
- New price announced: 900 credits (15 households) just $7.10 per household
Dubbed 'The Wartime Domesday Book', The 1939 Register is the most comprehensive survey of the population of England and Wales ever taken. In September 1939, World War 2 had just broken out. 65,000 enumerators were employed to visit every house in England and Wales to take stock of the civil population.
The information that they recorded was used to issue Identity Cards, plan mass evacuations, establish rationing and coordinate other war-time provisions. In the longer term, the 1939 Register would go on to play a central role in the establishment of post-war services like the National Health Service.
The most recent comparative online release was that of the British 1911 census in 2009. The 1931 census was destroyed during the war and the 1941 census was never taken. The 1939 Register is therefore the only surviving record of the population between 1921 and 1951, bridging a 30-year gap in history.
Comprising 1.2 million pages in 7,000 volumes and documenting the lives of 41 million people, the 1939 Register opens a window to a world on the brink of cataclysmic change. Each record includes the names of inhabitants at each address, their date of birth, marital status and occupation.
One of the most important documents in recent British history
Andrew Marr, British writer and broadcaster says:
"The 1939 Register is one of the most important documents in recent British history. A comprehensive record of the civil population on the outbreak of war, it captures a people whose lives were about to change forever. It records streets that within months, under the assault of the Luftwaffe, were to disappear; families that would be separated by the events of war: evacuation, conscription and sometimes worse. This fascinating resource allows us to discover our past and that of our families in ways never before possible."
The 1939 Register works on a credits payment system, which you'll need in your account before you can unlock a household or institution. 60 credits = 1 household. You can find out much more information about pricing, (and much more) over on our FAQs.
- 60 credits - 1 household €9.50
- 300 credits - 5 households £33.50 (or €6.70 per household). Findmypast annual subscribers will receive a discount of 25%.
- 900 credits - 15 households £106.50 (or €4.90 per household)
We hope you enjoy exploring the 1939 Register. We always love hearing about your amazing discoveries, so please don't hesitate to send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.