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Understanding and Using the 1939 Register


The 1939 Register provides a snapshot of the civilian population of England and Wales just after the outbreak of the Second World War. Details of around 40 million people were recorded, to facilitate the issuing of ration books.

Now, this register is incredibly a useful as a tool for family history research. The Register provides the most complete population survey of England and Wales between 1921 and 1951 and is available on the Findmypast and Ancestry websites.  Learn how to best use the 1939 register online to find your family members living at this time.


About the speaker:  John Hanson worked for many years for one of the country’s major banks, ending up as a Systems Specialist in mainframe databases. He has written extensively on family history subjects and has been a lecturer and teacher in family history for over twenty years. 

He served on the executive committee of the Guild of One-Names studies for several years and also as a trustee and served on many committees at the Society of Genealogists. He is currently the research director of the Halsted Trust and is a Fellow of SoG.

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