If you're looking for someone in the western half of Eyam in 1939,
have been lost before being catalogued by TNA and before
When the 1939 Register became available last year, I started looking for my
mother, maternal grandparents, great-uncle and and great-aunts in
RD). Whilst we already have all their details needed for a specific
matter what search methods we tried, they couldn't be found. Nor
could a number
of other Eyam residents who we knew about from personal knowledge and/ or the
1911 census and subsequent records (directories, MIs ...).
Eventually we adopted a different approach and found and 'unlocked'
which, even with the limited information given in FMP search results
in Eyam - the Miners Arms. That record was in Enumeration District
we then checked from end to end and found that it clearly related only to the
part of the village roughly from the church eastwards.
Looking at TNA's Discovery catalogue, RCCZ is (RG101) piece number 5936D, but
the sequential piece 5936C is ED RCCX, which we confirmed doesn't relate to
Eyam. It was notable that there was no evidence of ED RCCY in Discovery,
although it should appear in the Bakewell RD range (RCCA to RCDJ & RCEA to
RCEC). In the resulting email exchange with TNA they said "We believe the
records for the relevant area do not survive", but went on to say that this
could be for a number of reasons and that RCCY may not have been used in the
first place (although their information about the records in the NHS Central
Register didn't show whether RCCY was used or not).
A check through my late mother's paperwork unearthed her NHS card which was
issued on the formation of the NHS in 1948, using her National Registration
number as her first NHS number. This showed the ED part of her registration
number was indeed RCCY. Hence, the western part of Eyam was in
which is completely missing from the records at TNA and, as a
result, from the
digitised 1939 Register on FMP.
As the NHS Central Register was a paper archive, it was clearly prone to
mis-filing. This NHS article, archived by TNA in 2009, may offer one
explanation as to why RCCY and, possibly, others are missing from
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