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Our ancestors & the 1939 Register

The 1939 National Register is part of our families’ shared history. A handwritten record of each of our ancestors named therein, in those early dark days of a world at war. Helen Tovey looks at how the record came about 80 years ago this September, and how and it can help your family history research today

from a family historian’s point of view the Second World War remains intriguing, because while we certainly do want to learn about the broad brush of history, we also hanker after the specific details of our family and their role in the events of yesteryear. With this aim in mind, the 1939 Register, taken on Friday 29 September that year, is an ideal record to learn about our families on the brink of the dark years of war that were to follow.

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It’s time to dig for victory, see what clues your delving can unearth! Turn the clock back to 1939 with our special issue and discover your family’s story. This month we’re commemorating the 80th anniversary of the start of World War 2, and are researching and celebrating our ancestors’ lives from the time. To help you trace your family tree we’ve got: a packed guide to the essential family history records all you need to know about researching family in Second World War and first half of the 20th century and a bumper crop of tips to help you create your own family history home archive – filled with carefully stored photos, stories, notes and treasures. Beginner or expert, there’s plenty to discover and do as your learn more about your family’s story. Enjoy!