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The 1939 REGISTER – Dr. PENNY WALTERS an on-line talk using “Zoom”

August 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

                  The 1939 REGISTER

On 1st Sept. 1939 Germany marched in to Poland, triggering an agreement of mutual assistance between Poland and Britain. On Sept.2nd, Britain issued the Germans with an ultimatum: “exit Poland, or a state of war will exist between us”. On 3rd Sept. war was declared. The 1939 Register was taken 26 days later on 29th Sept. It was devised to produce 40 million Identity Cards, when rationing was introduced. The information recorded provides a huge bridge between the 1911 Census and 1939. People were more “honest” in their information e.g. providing exact dates of birth to gain 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, hand-written above their name. The online UK 1939 Register is a relatively unknown but useful tool for genealogists outside the UK.  –   What is the Register?/where does it cover?/where can you find it?/what information is included?/why is it useful?/other sources from that time period. Penny will also give a practical example.

Dr. Penny Walters’ PhD researched ethical dilemmas, and she has been a University Lecturer in Psychology and Business Studies for 30 years. Adoptee Penny lectures internationally, host webinars about genealogical topics, and regularly writes articles for Family Tree magazine amongst others. DNA testing and collaboration with 2nd and 3rd cousin matches has revealed 94% Irish heritage, and has also revealed fascinating insights into her 6 mixed race children’s cultural heritage. Penny has also published two books – “Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy” and The Psychology of Searching”

(Zoom sign-in from 7.15p.m. – If you haven’t attended one of these meetings before, contact via “liaison” email or see the E newsletter for an invitation and joining instructions.)

Admission £3 per person by donation if you wish via the website. Thank you.



August 18
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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