1939 Register to be released on Monday 2 November

By Jon Bauckham, 27 October 2015 - 4:10pm

Details of millions of people across England and Wales at the start of WW2 will be made available on Findmypast next week

The records will be launched on Findmypast in partnership with The National Archives

Details of millions of Britons at the beginning of the Second World War are to be made available online next week.

In an email sent out to members on Tuesday 27 October, genealogy website Findmypast confirmed that it will be releasing the 1939 Register on Monday 2 November.

The Register – often likened to as a census – was compiled on 29 September 1939 to help the Government plan for war against Germany, which had been officially declared just weeks earlier.

Containing the names, addresses and occupations of more than 41 million people across England and Wales, the information was also instrumental in the creation of the National Health Service in 1948.

Although details of people born within the past 100 years will be censored, the digital dataset will be the most extensive record of the civilian population to hit the web since the 1911 Census.

In the members’ email, Findmypast CEO Annelies van den Belt said she “cannot wait” to make the 1939 Register available to users.

“You’ll be able to discover unique insights into where your family was and what they were doing when the register was taken at the outbreak of the Second World War,” she said.

“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.”

Access to the 1939 Register will not be available as part of a Findmypast subscription, but will cost £6.95 per household record, or £24.95 for a bundle of five household records.

However, existing Findmypast subscribers will receive an "exclusive" code that will enable them to a claim a discount.

Find out more about the release of the 1939 Register here

This article was amended on 28 October 2015 to incorporate details about the pricing structure of the 1939 Register

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