Who lived in your
house in 1939?
41 Million lives recorded in England & Wales at the outbreak of the Second World War.
The official home of the 1939 Register
Discover the 1939 Register
Find full names, dates of birth, occupations, addresses and more.
The original Register
See the original hand-written pages. Zoom in or pan left and right for a closer look.
Get an overview of your town demographics and society in 1939.
Use them like Google Maps. Type in your street and see what's changed.
Save their stories on a family tree
- Preserve and honour your relatives' lives
- Find undiscovered family records, with our help
- Create something shareable for your loved ones
Getting Started with the 1939 Register
What is the 1939 Register?
Taken at the outbreak of World War II, the 1939 Register contains the personal details of 41 million people in England and Wales. Find out more about the 1939 Register here.
Bringing the Register online
A team of hundreds has been working for over a year, conserving, scanning and digitising over 1.2 million pages. Find out more about the process here.
How to explore the Register
If you need a hand searching through the millions of names in the 1939 Register, you can watch the handy how-to video we created here.
Explore life in 1939
Women's fashion in the 1930s
From siren suits to liquid stockings, find out how women dressed in the 1930s
With the threat of air raids imminent, Britain’s children had to escape the cities
Men's fashion in the 1930s
Inspired by royalty and Hollywood, this is how the discerning male dressed in the 1930s
With the new German threat on shipping in 1939, action had to be taken to prevent food shortages
The road to war
The 1930s was a decade that culminated in global conflict. Here’s what led the world to war
The 1930s home
The home of the 1930s was changing, as brand new conveniences revolutionised daily life