Findmypast is a searchable online archive of over 10 billion records – everything from parish and school records to censuses and from migration records to military collections from across the globe – and subscriptions include access to 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 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 is also working in partnership with the British Library on an important project to safeguard the future of the world’s greatest newspaper archive. The result is the British Newspaper Archive, another fantastic resource for Public Libraries which is also available through JCS.



“Findmypast is one of our most popular online resources…everyone at JCS made the transition from our previous supplier seamless and trouble-free, with their efficient, helpful and friendly service.” Helen Towers, Reader Development and Stock Manager, Cumbria Library Service

“We were delighted to subscribe to Findmypast with the savings made possible by the JCS Welsh Libraries consortium…and it’s now our most popular family history resource” Hywel Jones, Gwynedd Library Service

“We were already subscribing to Findmypast at the National Library and found it to be a very popular resource. When JCS suggested the Welsh libraries form a buying group we were quick to respond so we could benefit from the consortium discount. The JCS team was extremely helpful and made the whole process simple and straightforward.” Robert Lacey, Acquisitions Librarian, National Library of Wales

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Promotional materials and downloads

Download the Findmypast How to Guide and display around your library to help promote your subscription.

Findmypast offer video guides via their YouTube channel including; ‘Bitesize Help‘, ‘Military Ancestors‘, and ‘Genealogy Masterclass‘, plus many more.