I'm thrilled to announce some marvellous news: the 1939 Register will be made available online for the very first time on the 2nd of November 2015, only on Findmypast.

What is the 1939 Register?

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 includes the personal details of 41 million people: details the government urgently needed to issue identity cards, and ration books, coordinate conscription and more.

Head to our dedicated 1939 page

The 1931 census was destroyed during the Second World War, and the conflict meant the 1941 census could not be taken. The 1939 Register is, therefore, the only surviving record of the people of England and Wales in the 30 year period 1921-1951, and fills the gap left by the missing censuses. For family historians as well as anyone interested in 20th century Britain, the information it contains is invaluable.

For the first time ever online, the 1939 Register (including names, addresses, occupations, marital statuses and more) will be available for you to explore on Findmypast in just a few days' time. Records will be available to purchase for £6.95 per household, or £24.95 for our 5 household bundle (£4.99 per household). Findmypast subscribers will be entitled to a discount, which we will email you about.

Not just a record set

The 1939 Register is our richest ever record set. When you unlock a household, you gain access to a transcript and an image as well as a wealth of other fascinating information, including:

  • Maps that allow you to travel through time, showing you how England and Wales have changed over the past 100 years on a street-by-street basis
  • Hundreds of images of life in 1930s England and Wales which have never been available online before
  • Access to local and national newspapers, providing an insight into what life was like in your area in 1939
  • Facts & figures, comparing average ages and popular names in your area compared to the rest of the country
On a personal note, I'm incredibly proud of everyone who has worked so hard to produce something so brilliant. I hope it proves a vital resource for your family history research. You can find out lots more about the Register, read personal stories of those who were there at the time, and contribute your own stories of the #eveofwar on the 1939 section of our blog.

All the best,