Talk on the 1939 Register

On Monday 18th May the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group will hear a talk on ‘The 1939 Register’ by Dr Penny Walters.

The England and Wales 1939 Register was devised to produce 40 million Identity Cards during World War II, when rationing was introduced. The information recorded provides a huge bridge between the last published census (1921) and 1939. People were more ‘honest’ in their information-giving, providing exact date of birth, as they wanted their allocated rations. From 1948, the Register was used as the National Health Service Register, and was updated until 1991, giving women’s new surnames when they got married, handwritten above their name. The online UK 1939 Register is a relatively unknown, but very useful tool for genealogists.  

The talk takes place in person and, for members only, on Zoom, at the Fromus Centre, Street Farm Road, Saxmundham, IP17 1AL (behind the Library). Penny will be speaking to us on Zoom and the talk starts at 2.30pm. No need to book – just turn up — at £1.00 for members, £3.00 for visitors, including tea/coffee/biscuits. Good, free car-parking.

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