A great resource for historical research which includes access to the 1939 Register

Findmypast is a searchable online archive of over 4 billion records from across the globe – everything from parish and school records to censuses and from migration records to military collections – which now also includes access to the 1939 Register for the first time.

About the 1939 Register…

The 1939 Register is one of the most important British documents of the 20th century. It is the only surviving overview of the civil population of England and Wales spanning the period 1921-1951 because the 1931 census was destroyed during an air raid on London, and the 1941 census was never taken.

Consisting of 7,000 volumes containing over 1,200,000 pages, the 1939 Register lists the names, addresses, marital statuses, occupations and more of over 41 million people in Great Britain and Northern Ireland on National Registration Day on 29th September 1939.


  • Findmypast offers the largest collection of Irish records available online (more information)
  • Major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States
  • Birth, marriage and death records – all accessible with just one easy search
  • Census records – the most comprehensive collection available online
  • Parish records – the largest collection of parish records available online
  • Military – the most comprehensive WW1 collection available online, including medal index cards and service records for the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force
  • Exclusive! School records – in the first of three scheduled releases, 2.5 million names in admission registers and log-books have been made available
  • Exclusive! India Office collection – 2.5 million names from the British Library’s India Office collection covering the period 1600-1947

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