1939 Register

1939 Register

From the webpage:

The 1939 Register is being digitised and will be published within the next two years.

It will provide valuable information about over 30 million people living in England and Wales at the start of World War Two.

What is the 1939 Register?

The British government took a record of the civilian population shortly after the outbreak of World War Two. The information was used to issue identity cards and organise rationing. It was also used to set up the National Health Service.

Explanations are one of the perils of picking very obvious/intuitive names for projects. 😉

The data should include:

Data will be provided only where the individual is recorded as deceased (or where clear evidence of death can be provided by the applicant) and will include;

  • National Registration number
  • Address
  • Surname
  • First Forename
  • Other Forename(s)/Initial(s)
  • Date of Birth
  • Sex
  • Marital Status
  • Occupation

As per the 1939 Register Service, a government office that charges money to search what one assumes are analog records. (Yikes!)

The reason I mention the 1939 Register Service is the statement:

Is any other data available?

If you wish to request additional information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please email enquiries@hscic.gov.uk or contact us using the postal address below, marking the letter for the Higher Information Governance Officer (Southport).

Which implies to me there is more data to be had, but the 1911Census.org.uk says not.

Well, assuming you don’t include:

“If member of armed forces or reserves,” which was column G on the original form.

Hard to say why that would be omitted.

It will be interesting to see if the original and then “updated” cards are digitized.

In some of the background reading I did on this data, some mothers omitted their sons from the registration cards (one assumes to avoid military service) but when rationing began based on the registration cards, they filed updated cards to include their sons.

I suspect the 1939 data will be mostly of historical interest but wanted to mention it because people will be interested in it.

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