New Family History Resources in Swindon Libraries: The 1939 Register & Ancestry

The Local Studies team are very pleased to announce that library members can now access Ancestry and the long-awaited 1939 register for FREE in Swindon Libraries.Both resources are now available as part of our portfolio of online resources.


Ancestry Institution can now be used for FREE on Swindon Library’s computers. This gargantuan resource holds literally billions of genealogical records for you to search. At present it holds 32,522 different databases from all over the globe.


The 1939 Register is one of the most important genealogical resources of 20th Century Britain, created at the outbreak of the Second World War. It was a one-off register of the entire civilian population – similar to the regular census. Find My Past have now added this fantastic resource into our subscription package.

The 1939 Register was used as the basis for the wartime identity card and rationing systems. However, unlike the census, it was not closed to the public for 100 years. And as the 1931 Census was destroyed and the 1941 Census was never carried out, the 1939 Register remains as the only surviving population survey between 1921 and 1951.

The information collected by the 1939 register includes:

  • Name
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Address
  • Marital status
  • Membership of naval, military or air force reserves, auxiliary forces or civil defence services or reserves.


And remember, we already provide our users with free access to Find My Past, the British Newspaper Archive and many other fantastic electronic resources.


For further information please contact the Local Studies team at Swindon Central Library: