The 1939 Register – Why is it invaluable?

Penny Walters
Nov 25, 2020
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The UK 1939 Register was used to produce 40 million Identity Cards during World War II, when rationing was introduced. It provides a huge bridge between the last published census (1911) and 1939. People were more ‘honest’ in their information-giving, providing exact date of birth and relationships, as they wanted their rations. From 1948 the Register was used as the National Health Service Register, and was updated until 1991, giving women’s new surnames when they got married, hand-written above their name. The online UK 1939 Register is a relatively unknown tool for genealogists from outside the UK.

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About the speaker

Dr. Penny Walters has been a University lecturer for 30 years in Psychology and Business Studies. Penny’s interest in genealogy started after having her first child and then wondering about her biological parents, as she was adopted. DNA tes
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