As a rider to this I was checking an entry in the 1939 register for
someone who got married shortly after the register was compiled, and I
noticed that it had been amended, with her married surname added in
blue pencil, and the letter "M" alongside. Clearly then, the register
was not a "dead" document once it had been produced, but of ongoing
What I don't know - but may well relate to the above - is for how long
the (original) physical register remained in use - was it still being
amended up to the end of ID cards and/or rationing for instance? If
so, it must have become somewhat worn and battered - which does appear
to be the case from some of the scanned images!
The 1939 Registers continued to be used into the 1980s, and in some cases as late as 1991
when the system was fully computerised.
Changes of address may not have been recorded anywhere since it was the number on the
identity card (and later the NHS card) which tied people back to their entry.
I believe that once the 1939 Register began to be used as the NHS Central Register the
hand page was used to record changes of registration/NHS district (part of a system to
patients appearing on the books of more than one doctor). This was certainly the case for
later registers in which births after 1939 were recorded - nearly a decade ago I obtained
of my own entry in the NHS Central Register which is reproduced here:
Others may wish to do as I did, and obtain a copy of their entry using the Data Protection
my case no charge was made - you may not be so fortunate!
Hope this helps,