2007-02-09 20:09:02 UTC
misinformation being posted about the 1939 National Registration
exercise, which in effect served as a census.
I asked the ONS a series of questions and received from the following.
Their message is repeated here with their permission.
1. We do not know whether households completed forms. If they did,
then they are certainly no longer in existence.
2. What we do have is the Transcript Books which are the schedules
(booklets) made up by the 1939 enumerators showing one line of
information for each person in the household.
3. We do NOT have index cards made up from the household forms.
4. What we do have is the A1 which is a card index originally made up
from the information held at Local Registration Offices and sent to
Southport at the time National Registration ended in 1952. These
cards contained information relating to the whereabouts, name, etc, of
persons in 1952 which was not necessarily the same as in 1939 if they
had moved house, got married, etc. These cards were added to and/or
amended right up until 1991 in respect of persons born before 1952.
5. These documents are no longer held in the Ballroom at Smedley
Hydro. Some are in the basement and some are on microfilm.
Further queries with regard the 1939 National Registration records
should be directed to the ONS Customer Contact Centre at
End of ONS message
As to if any annotations were made to the Transcript Books they don't
say. Seemingly the A1 index was used for NHS purposes.
The data originally gathered was
4. Occupation, profession, trade or employment,
6. Condition as to marriage,
7. Membership of Naval, Military or Air Force Reserves or Auxiliary
Forces or of Civil Defence Services or Reserves.
Seemingly where born was not a requirement, so not as detailed as a
Keith Wellington, NZ