A searchable online archive of billions of records – bringing history alive for students

A fantastic resource for use in the classroom and as a support for independent learning. Findmypast is a searchable online archive of billions records – everything from parish and school records to censuses and from migration records to military collections.

Plus online access to one of the most important British documents of the 20th Century, the 1939 Register.

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, 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.


  • Students can create their own family tree
  • Major collections from around the world, including Ireland, Australia, and United States
  • Birth, marriage and death records – all accessible with just one easy search
  • The most comprehensive collection of census records available online
  • The largest collection of parish records available online
  • 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 schedules releases, 2.5 million names in admission registers and log-books have been made available
  • Exclusive! 2.5 million names from the British Library’s India Office collection covering the period 1600-1947

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