1939 Register

Lady drinking tea The National Archives findmypast

The 1939 Register is being digitised and will be published within the next two years.

It will provide valuable information about over 30 million people living in England and Wales at the start of World War Two.

Sign up to hear about the release of the 1939 Register


What is the
1939 Register?

The British government took a record of the civilian population shortly after the outbreak of World War Two. The information was used to issue identity cards and organise rationing. It was also used to set up the National Health Service.


Exciting news for family historians

The 1939 Register is a fantastic resource for family history and social history research as it is the only surviving record of the population between 1921 and 1951. This is because the 1931 census was destroyed and one was not taken in 1941.