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"I'm thrilled to find the road where I lived as a child"

Findmypast member Christine Stephenson shares her discoveries in the 1939 Register

1939 was a very long time ago and I was very young. But I am thrilled to find the road where I lived as a child, and still remember many of the people who lived there.

Christine in 1940

They all seemed very old to me then, but now I have the opportunity to learn a little about them and I am astonished to see how young some of them actually were! A way of touching the past, for which I am most grateful to Findmypast.

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"Dad never knew what his mum was doing back in 1939"

Hayley Peachey sent us this lovely note to testimonials@findmypast.com

I went and unlocked a record for my nan, and saw in 1939 she was a fruit shop assistant, in Wales. The reason it's amazing is a few years after she married my grampy, he opened up a fruit shop in England. Dad never knew what his mum was doing back in 1939. I'm glad I found out for him, hopefully I'll find some great awesome information that I can share with him.

Many thanks for setting this all up.
Hayley x




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