The UK 1939 Register: Why is it Invaluable?

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Date(s) - January 9, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am


Dr. Penny Walters has been a University lecturer for 30 years in Psychology and Business Studies. Penny’s interest in genealogy started after having her first child and then wondering about her biological parents, as she was adopted.

Penny lectures internationally and writes articles about a variety of genealogy topics including ethical dilemmas, the psychology of searching, ethnicity and identity, adoption, and Irish heritage. Penny has lectured in-person at Roots Tech London and USA; APG PMC; Brigham Young University; throughout Ireland; nationally and regionally at UK events. Penny hosts and presents webinars including for Legacy, Utah Genealogical Utah Genealogical Association (UGA), New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B), Family Tree magazine and FamilySearch, Orange County California Genealogical Society, Quebec FHS, Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) and the Society of Australian Genealogists. Penny has authored the books: ’Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy,’ and ‘The Psychology of Searching.’

The UK 1939 Register was used to produce 40 million Identity Cards during World War II, when rationing was introduced. It provides a huge bridge between the last published census (1911) and 1939. People were more ‘honest’ in their information-giving, providing exact date of birth and relationships, as they wanted their 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, hand written above their name.

The online UK 1939 Register is a relatively unknown tool for genealogists from outside the UK. Dr. Walters offers invaluable insights into the depth and breath of the Register, how to find it, what it covers and other sources from the time period. This is a presentation not to be missed.

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