I was excited when the 1939 Register was launched at the end of last year but quickly disappointed too. (See my previous post).
I received an email the other day from Find My Past saying that from mid February 2016 access to the 1939 Register would become available as part of the regular annual subscription.
Now that seemed more like it but it reminded me that I still had some credits purchased when the Register was launched.
The credits were set to expire on 31st January so I made a note to use them before then.
However, I forgot until 11.30am today when I went on the site. And, annoyingly, they'd already expired. Presumably they were set to implode one second after midnight on the 31st rather than one second before midnight on February 1st. Oh well, it's my own fault I suppose for being disorganised. But if unlimited access wasn't in the pipeline I'd be spitting feathers now.
Before I realised my credits had expired I was looking at my Ashworth grandparents record.
I don't think it's going to tell me anything I don't know already but you never know!
Realising the Ashworth record was going to remain closed to me until February 16th, I re-visited the records I'd unlocked previously. I scrolled down my Buckle grandparents record to the "Read All About It" section which includes relevant newspaper cuttings of the day. I hadn't bothered to look at this previously because I have a subscription to the British Newspaper Archives and have searched lots of newspaper accounts from Royston already. I was rather surprised (to say the least ) to find that the three clippings all referred to Royston in Hertfordshire NOT Royston in Yorkshire.
At least the map and stats related to the correct place!
The male occupations list was interesting.
Top, as I would have expected, was coal hewer (below ground).
Second, more surprisingly, men who were retired.
Unpaid Domestic duties,
I wish they'd given more details about the numbers in each category. The population of the village was over 12,000 living in 3,000+ households so I don't think I'm going to have the time to go through every record in order to find out.
Roll on February 16th and hopefully some good results when all the records are unlocked.
Thanks for visiting my website today. As you can see, I'm in the process of re-organising it. But I'm approaching the task with some caution as I've already managed to crash my Useful Sites page. If you're interested in the mid twentieth century you might also like my 1947 Diary section. It's based on a tiny diary my mum kept during the first half of 1947 and I've add some research to some of her entries too. Just click this link or find it in the menu at the top of the page.
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Hope you have a good week of ancestor hunting!
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