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Question about 1939 National Register

I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this, but here goes.

In the 1939 National Register, people are listed with their residence, age, occupation and date of birth. Does anyone know how this information was obtained? It seems unlikely that it would be based solely on the answers given to the enumerators, because the information was intended to be used in the event of a subsequent war.

My reason for asking is that my maternal grandparents are listed, along with one of their daughters and a daughter-in-law. As far as I can tell, all of the information given is correct, including dates of birth, but there is no record of my grandmother's birth registration. If she had to give documentary evidence of her date of birth, I assume there must be a record somewhere. Presumably, she must also have had to confirm her forename as well.

Thanks in advance for any help or advice.

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