What is the difference between the 1939 Register and a census?


The 1939 Register is not a census and will contain variations.

Census records are completed every 10 years; however, the 1939 Register was a one-off, compiled to help the country prepare for the logistics of war and to collect vital information on the population.

It was similar to a census but was taken at the time of national emergency.

There are certain differences however - for example, a UK census will contain the age of an individual while the 1939 Register cotains the specific date of birth.

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