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Findmypast: 1939 Register

Findmypast has collaborated with The National Archives to produce a new internet search facility for the 1939 Register.

Dubbed 'The Wartime Domesday Book', they claim this is the most comprehensive census of the population of England and Wales. World War II has just broken out and 65,000 enumerators were employed to visit every house. Information recorded was used to issue identity cards, plan mass evacuations, establish rationing and coordinate other war-time provisions. In the longer term, the 1939 Register would play a central role in the establishment of post-war services like the National Health Service.

The 1939 Register is particularly significant as the only surviving record of the population between 1921 and 1951. The 1931 census was destroyed during the war and the 1941 census was never taken. Each record includes the names of inhabitants at each address, date of birth, marital status and occupation.

Currently, the 1939 register is available as a free search of the index. Access to the records themselves is subject to charge. However, so-called 'valued' subscribers to Findmypast may access the records without charge from the 16th February 2016.

Meetings Programme Changes

The scheduled speaker for 24 Oct 2015, Anne Grimshaw, on the subject "In Grandfather's Footsteps (First World War)" had to be postponed because of illness. This topic has been rescheduled to the 30 Apr 2015 after the Annual General Meeting. The talk by Alan Ruston on Non-Conformity is now postponed. Please note that this change came too late for inclusion in Herts. People No 135 Winter 2015.

The meeting for 27 Feb 2016 had a name change to "Riots, Randies and Women not their Wives—Navvies: their Wives and Families by C & J Rouse.

New Publications

For details see Publications.

Monumental Inscriptions of Clothall & Rushden

Id: MI 110

Format: Book

Monumental Inscriptions of Berkhamsted St Peter

Id: MI 111

Format: Book

Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Opening Hours

These opening hours apply from 4th April 2011.

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