Friday, 12 July 2013

1939 National Identity Register (England/Wales) - digitisation test

The National Archives at Kew has published its latest annual report and accounts for 2012-13 at

A summary is available at along with access to similar reports for previous years back to 2009-10. An interesting fact quoted on page 12 is that "Where UK content is used in global online genealogical research, around 80% of this originates from The National Archives".

On page 18 there are some useful titbits - the WW1 army war diaries digitisation project remains on target, and a trial has been carried out recently "to establish a secure methodology for digitising the 1939 National Register" (for England and Wales), with some 40,000 records transcribed - this has shown that "between 73% and 88% of individuals’ records can be opened on accession in digital form". Looks potentially promising!


My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. My Scottish land and church records ebooks are available at, whilst my next Pharos Scottish course, Scottish Research Online, starts Sep 4th - see Time to smash a few brick walls...!

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