Well I know what I will be doing this Monday, 2nd November! Thats of course if the site doesn’t crash. Its not a good sign that Findmypast dedicated 1939 page is already struggling to open.
The 1939 is a potential gold mine for family historians. It also helps take the pain away from the fact that there is no 1931 or 1941 census records, 31 lost in a fire and 41 was never taken due to the war.
The prices look quite steep at £6.95 per household – especially if there is only one person in the household however there is a special deal with a five household bundle costing £24.95. There appears to be discount for findmypast subscribers but what that will be is yet to be announced. If you are a subscriber you should receive an email very soon.
The register will include the following information
- Full names
- Dates of birth
- Marital status
- Whether the individual was a member of the armed services or reserves
I’d like to say thank you to those people that have campaigned for the release of this information. Luckily for us the census laws of 100 year rule do not apply to the 1939 register, but it has been a long campaign to get this agreed by the Office of National Statistics.
Anyway the wait is nearly over. For more details click 1939 Register
And don’t ring me on Monday – I will be busy 🙂