When I heard that Guy Etchell’s had applied for information from the 1939 National Register I decided to also apply and see if I could get information on my parents and grandparents. Today after about a 3 month wait and 6+ emails I got the results. Below is one of the entries
National Registration No: EDKL 263/1
Name: William ELLIOTT
Address: 93 Victoria Road, Farnborough
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Retired Soldier on Pension
I had to supply name, date/place of birth and town where they were living to get the information and as you can see I gained the full address, marital status and occupation. You might think that it isn’t worth the effort of applying, but imagine if this information was online and searchable by name as is the census and you can see the advantage of having access to this resource.
The database is held by the NHS Information Centre for health and social care http://www.ic.nhs.uk/ to whom application should be made.
To read more about Guy’s campaign to get this information freely available read the article on the BBC website http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8363341.stm
I am sure I’m not the only genealogist who thinks that Guy should get some award to recognise his work on getting the early release of the 1911 census and also for his work towards the release of the 1939 Register.
Guy’s website is at http://freespace.virgin.net/guy.etchells/index.htm