Skip to content
  1. Blog Home
  2. What's New?

New 1939 Register entries and military records

Alex Cox
9 January 2020

Did your ancestors serve in the military?

Over 85,000 'closed records' have been opened up and are now available to search. Since the 1939 Register was launched, Findmypast has matched more than four million 'closed records' to multiple data sources to correctly confirm the date and location of death for individuals recorded.

The 1939 Register now contains more than 33.9 million searchable records. Each record includes the names of inhabitants at each address, their date of birth, marital status and occupation. A wealth of contextual information, including period photographs never before seen online, infographics, region-specific newspaper articles and historical and contemporary maps, are personally tailored to each record, offering a rich and unique user experience unrivalled by any other family history research tool to date.

More than 21,000 additional records have been added to the collection. This fascinating National Archives’ collection allows you to discover when and where servicemen were wounded, the nature of their injuries, where they were treated and notes on their recovery as well as details relating to their service.

The records in this series are a representative selection of the original collection. The records include admission and discharge registers from hospitals and casualty clearing stations, field ambulances, an ambulance train and a hospital ship.

Explore more than 1.8 million transcripts covering over a century of veterans who fought in various conflicts, from the American Civil War and the two world wars through to the Afghanistan war. Each result will reveal a variety of details relating to the deceased’s life, family and military service. Transcripts may include birth years, death years, service, rank, death date, home town, burial place, father’s name and spouse.

Covering over a century of veterans, these veterans fought in various conflicts, from the American Civil War, and the two world wars through to the Afghanistan war. This collection is especially useful for family historians who do not know specifics about an ancestor, such as birth dates, in which branch of the military the ancestor served, or rank of a veteran. This vital records collection may be used as a launching point to lead to other collections detailing a person's life.

With over 195,000 new pages recently added, there are a variety of new and updated titles available to search, including:

New Titles

·         Western Evening Herald covering the years 1895, 1900-1920, 1922-1924

·         Newtownards Chronicle & Co. Down Observer covering the years 1873-1874

·         Warrington Advertiser the years 1865, 1877, 1879, 1884, 1887, 1889

Updated Titles

·         South Wales Gazette covering the years 1903 & 1961

·         Newcastle Evening Chronicle covering 1926

·         Daily Review (Edinburgh) covering the years 1884 and 1886

·         Witness (Edinburgh) covering the years 1842-1845, 1848, 1854, 1861

Findmypast Fridays live

Join Alex for a look at the history behind Sam Mendes’ new WW1 blockbuster - 1917, our new military records and what...

Posted by Findmypast on Friday, January 10, 2020
;