The 1939 Register provides a snapshot of the civilian population of England and Wales just after the outbreak of the Second World War. Details of around 40 million people were recorded, to facilitate the issuing of ration books. Information in the Register was also used to administer conscription and division of labour, and to monitor and control the movement of the population caused by military mobilisation and mass evacuation. This Register is incredibly useful as a family history resource, especially as the 1931 census for England and Wales was destroyed by fire during the Second World War and no census was taken in 1941. The Register provides the most complete population survey of England and Wales between 1921 and 1951. While the 1939 Register is not a census, it is arranged along similar lines and is now available to researchers in digital format only through the Findmypast website. Learn how to best use the 1939 Register online to retrieve information on family living at this time.
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