Findmypast set to offer unlimited access to 1939 Register

By Jon Bauckham, 20 January 2016 - 5:58pm

From Tuesday 16 February, Findmypast subscribers will be able to access the 1939 Register for no extra cost

1939 Register unlock

Findmypast users, including subscribers, currently have to pay an extra fee to 'unlock' each household record in the 1939 Register

Findmypast has announced that it is to stop charging subscribers extra money to access the 1939 Register.

According to an email sent out to customers yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 20 January), the record set will be included as part of Britain and World subscriptions from Tuesday 16 February.

This means users will no longer have to pay the additional £6.95 fee to ‘unlock’ each household record (£24.95 for a five-household bundle) and view the corresponding document scans.

When the 1939 Register first launched online in November 2015, Findmypast was widely criticised over the decision to charge extra for the collection, which contains details of millions of English and Welsh residents on the eve of the Second World War.

However, the genealogy site claimed that the fee had been “necessary” due to the high cost of the digitisation project, which involved scanning and transcribing the documents to a standard specified by The National Archives. 

The news coincides with Findmypast's announcement that on the same day of the switchover, it will also be increasing the price of subscriptions by 20 per cent. After this date, the cost of a new Britain membership will rise to £119.95, with those taking out a World membership required to pay £155.95. 

However, Findmypast has promised that it is not only freezing subscription rates for existing members when they next renew, but they will also receive a 10 per cent loyalty discount.

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