When the 1939 Register was released I paid for access to five records (see previous post). I'm pleased to say that the customer services at Find My Past sorted out my discount and I did get the reduced price for FMP subscribers eventually.
This is what I've found out.
In addition to Maurice John Arthur Murray's record (see previous post) I've downloaded the records for three more sets of ancestors.
Sidney Henry Buckle (1881 - 1969) is my grandfather and the 1939 Register record has told me that he and my grandmother were married, lived at 31, Church Hill, Royston and he was employed as a Colliery Rope Splicer underground. I knew this already but it's interesting that the transcriber couldn't make out 'Splicer' and recorded "S?". I could read it because I knew what it was supposed to say.
The record confirms that my grandmother was "Unpaid Domestic" which in later days would probably have been recorded as housewife or home-maker. This is interesting because the 1911 census records her as a self employed confectioner. I suspected that she gave this up after she had her children which would appear to be the case.
There are also two redacted people of which one is presumably my dad. Although he actually died in 1978, technically he is within the one hundred year period. I might send a copy of his death certificate to Find My Past but I probably won't bother because I know where he was working in 1939 and I don't think it will tell me anything else. The other person is probably the lodger. I know, from family stories, that at the start of WW2 a woman who was a few years older than my dad and who was employed as a teacher at the local secondary school was a lodger in their house. I haven't got any other information about her except that she was called Peggy so that's the end of that.
This record is quite interesting and includes my husband's father (Barnett Magnus 1911 - 1976), grandparents (Benjamin Magnus 1886 - 1984 and Sarah Magnus (Starling) 1888 - 1966), a great aunt (Phoebe Palmer 1910 - 1968) and a great uncle (Harry Magnus 1915 - 2007) and four redacted people. The address is 61, Planet Street, Stepney, East London which is what we would expect to find from searching several Electoral Registers. Dates of birth and occupations are as expected and both Michael's father and grandfather are confirmed as horse racing bookmakers. Interesting confirmatory information in this record but nothing new!
This is the record for my husband's mother's best friend who Michael knew as Aunt Fan (Francis Stillwell 1904 - 2000) and Uncle Ernie (Edward J Stillwell 1904 - 1978). Again the record is interesting but doesn't give us any information that we don't have already. There is one redacted person in this record, presumably Fanny and Ernie's daughter, Rosa. She died in 1947 aged about thirteen or fourteen and it would be interesting to see her record as we don't have her actual date of birth. However, that's not going to happen either.
Overall, the 1939 Register is very disappointing.
I've found nothing new of any significance at all. The quality of two of the original records is poor and difficult to decipher and I don't think it's worth the fee (even the discounted fee). I've still got credit for one more record but so far haven't found anything that I want to use it on. I certainly won't be paying for any more credits. The publicity for the 1939 Register bigs it up considerably. For anyone new to family history searching the 1939 Register would be interesting but any researcher who has a subscription to the main Find My Past site, Ancestry or one of the other Family History sites will be lucky to find out anything they haven't discovered about their family history already.
Have you any brass bands in your family history?
I've had several email communications recently with a distant cousin who sent me links to this interesting website https://brassbandresults.co.uk/
The site is building up a data set of world-wide brass band contest results providing links between the various bands showing conductors, prizes won and pieces played.
My great grandfather was the under-manager at the local colliery and he had a stepson named George W. Buckle. The website records:
Royston New Monkton Colliery Institute
Also/previously known as: Royston Colliery, Royston New Monckton Coll. Inst. Band, Royston New Monckton Colliery Band, Royston New Monckton Colliery Inst., Royston New Monckton Colliery Institute, Royston New Monckton Colliery Institute Band, Royston New Monckton Institute, Royston Subscription, Royston Suburban
This band no longer exists.
Second Places: 9
Third Places: 9
In addition it records the results for George Buckle:
Also known as: G. W. Buckle
28 results between 1906 and 1939
Second Places: 0
Third Places: 2
The website is easily searched and contains a wealth of brass band information both contemporary and from years ago. https://brassbandresults.co.uk/
Newly discovered photographs of HMS Spurwing
The Imperial War Museum has put some photos of HMS Spurwing into the public domain. Check out my blogpost at http://tinned-variety.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/new-photographs-of-hms-spurwing.html for more details.
Well today was the day.
The launch date for the 1939 Register on the Find My Past website.
I've been looking forward to this day for two years.
I've read all the blog posts and almost been counting down the days.
Well, that was until last week when I received an email with details about the pricing policy.
I knew it was going to cost.
I knew it would cost quite alot.
Family History is an expensive hobby but I never thought it would cost so much to access the 1939 Register.
The email offered a 10% discount to Find My Past subscribers but when I came to download my first record I couldn't see anywhere to apply the code.
The first record I've downloaded was for my husband's grandparents and mother. His auntie was redacted because her birth date was less than 100 years ago even though she died in the early 2000s. The record hasn't told me anything I didn't know already except it confirms that grandfather Maurice John Arthur Murray was a motor lorry driver. We thought this was the case but as he had poor health post WW1 experiences and died soon after WW2 started it was interesting to see that he was still working in 1939.
The Find My Past website makes much of the additional material that is provided with the record but I wasn't overly impressed. There's a contemporary map with the address pinpointed but again I knew this already; a few generic photos; a clutch of stats; and a couple of newspaper clippings.
First impressions: too expensive and rather disappointing.
I've paid for the five record bundle and will come back with more thoughts when I've looked at further records.
What do you think of my website make-over?
I've spent most of the rest of today messing about with websites. I like Weebly Websites and they've introduced some new layouts so I thought it was time for a change. I've given my ebook publishing website a makeover too at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com and moved my contact form over there to get all my messages onto one email address. I hope this layout works alright on iPads and mobile phones.
Have you seen this website?
Not too much to do with Family History but this is a brilliant animation of the Bayeux Tapestry if you haven't seen it. http://www.openculture.com/2012/03/the_bayeux_tapestry_animatio.html
Thanks for visiting my website and hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm a former primary school head teacher now enjoying family history, e-publishing and gardening. I'm the author of "Cabbage and Semolina: Memories of a 1950s Childhood" and was delighted when the book became an Amazon 2015 bestseller in the Social History category. I'm the founder of Spurwing Ebooks which is at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com for book details and information about new releases and special offers. Details of my books are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.-Murray/e/B009R7CRVC and the other books I've published are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Murray/e/B007AQZMZK