Friday, October 30, 2015

FindMyPast to release 1939 Register on Monday, November 2, as Free to Search but Pay-to-View Not Part of Subscriptions

If you have ancestors or relatives living in England and Wales in 1939, this coming Monday, November 2, may be revealing.

Because on Monday, November 2, FindMyPast is releasing the 1939 Register. According to FindMyPasts announcement email, "Simply put, it’s the most comprehensive survey ever taken of the civil population of England and Wales. Taken at the outbreak of war in September 1939, it contains the personal details of 41 million people, the details the government needed to issue identity cards, ration books and, in post-war Britain, establish the NHS."

According to that same announcement email, it will be free to search the register and to preview the transcript that includes the person’s name, year of birth, town and county of residence. In addition, you’ll be able to see how many other people lived in the house at the time and how many of them are closed due to being younger than 100 years old and still alive.

This will help you to confirm if you’ve found the right person and then you can choose to unlock the record. Unlocking will give you all of the additional information such as address, dates of birth, occupations and marital statuses of everyone that lived there, plus the original record image, maps, newspapers and exclusive photos of the time.

The 1939 Register record set/database collection will not become part of the or subscription.
See the FAQ about the 1939 Register for details. Instead, to unlock a household record it will cost $10.95 per household or $37.95 for a five household bundle.

The latest England and Wales census release is from 1911. Hopefully this look into the family household almost 30 years later is worth the extra cost to view it. Good Luck.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

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