Was the 1939 Register really updated after the end of National Registration?

7. Why do some entries show the married names of women who did not marry until long after 1939? The Register was continually updated while National Registration was in force, when it was a legal requirement to notify the registration authorities of any change of name or address.

When was the 1939 Register last updated?


The 1939 Register was continually updated while National Registration was in force, and continued to be used by the National Health Service after the war. The records were regularly updated until 1991.

Why are some records in the 1939 Register officially closed?

While searching you’ll notice that some records are marked as ‘officially closed’. This is down to privacy regulations preventing us from publishing records of anyone born less than 100 years ago and still alive.

When was the 1939 Register released to the public?

I’m thrilled to announce some marvellous news: the 1939 Register will be made available online for the very first time on the 2nd of November 2015, only on Findmypast. Simply put, it’s the most comprehensive survey ever taken of the civil population of England and Wales.

Is the 1939 Register available on ancestry?

Ancestry users can now trace family members on the eve of the Second World War after the website digitised the England and Wales 1939 Register. The Register, which has already been released on Findmypast and MyHeritage, is free to access on Ancestry until 13 May.

How long was the 1939 Register updated for?

The 1939 Register, unlike standard censuses, was continually updated and later evolved into the NHS Central Register, which was maintained up until 1991. As a result, details of individuals who were born less than 100 years’ ago, but whose death was recorded in the Register up until 1991, are also generally available.

Is there a 1921 UK census?

The 1921 Census: the largest census release ever in England and Wales. On 19 June 1921, close to 38 million individuals in England and Wales completed a census return. From the details of those households will be available to search and view online for the first time.

Is the 1921 Census available?

We hold all of the census records from 1921 onwards, and they’re closed for 100 years. Nobody can see any information about people for 100 years.

Does the 1939 Register cover Northern Ireland?

While authorities in England & Wales and Scotland have got their wallets out (see right-hand column or below) to deal with FOI applications relating to the 1939 National Register, the process is simplified and free for Northern Ireland.

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