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=== What regiment did my ancestor serve in?  ===
 
=== What regiment did my ancestor serve in?  ===
  
[[What regiment did my ancestor serve in- Officers?|'''Was my ancestor an Officer?''' ]]<br>'''[[What regiment did my ancestor serve in- Soldiers?|Was my ancestor a Soldier?]]'''  
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[[What regiment did my ancestor serve in- Officers?|'''Was my ancestor an Officer?''' ]]<br>[[What regiment did my ancestor serve in- Soldiers?|'''Was my ancestor a Soldier?''']]''[[What regiment did my ancestor serve in- Soldiers?|<br>]]'''''[[What regiment did my ancestor serve in- Militia or Volunteer?|Did my ancestor serve in the Militia or was a volunteer?]]'''  
  
 
=== Can I find life events or family relationships in military records?  ===
 
=== Can I find life events or family relationships in military records?  ===
  
'''MOST VALUABLE BRITISH ARMY RECORDS FOR OFFICERS&nbsp;'''  
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[[Most valuable British Army records for officers|Most valuable British Army records that may help me find life events or family relationships for my British Army '''officer '''ancestor&nbsp;]]
  
Several War Office (W.O.) class record exist for officers and their families which do not have indexes or are not alphabetically arranged and thus are not mentioned in the above section.&nbsp; This list provides quick identification of records which have an extensive coverage for much of the British Army as a whole but which lack an index or alphabetical arrangement.&nbsp; Listed below by title and W.O. class numbers, these&nbsp;are only a few of the more significant record collections within the War Office class records which can be consulted for research.&nbsp; These records provide information about army personnel and their families.&nbsp;
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[[Most valuable British Army records for soldiers|Most valuable British Army records that may help me find life events or family relationships for my British Army '''soldier '''ancestor]]  
 
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Be sure to do a Place-names search in the Catalog at [http://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org] for the country of settlement, as many compiled books exist pertaining to British military personnel, i.e. "New Zealand - Military".&nbsp; Unless otherwise indicated, the records listed below by title and W.O. number are located at The National Archives in England.&nbsp;
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#'''Regimental Registers of [http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/armed-forces/births births and baptisms,]&nbsp;[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/armed-forces/marriages marriages] [http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/armed-forces/deaths and burials,] '''1760-1924
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#'''Chaplains' Returns of [http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/armed-forces/births births,]&nbsp;[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/armed-forces/marriages marriages] [http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/armed-forces/deaths and burials:]'''1796-1880
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#'''Monthly Returns (Station Returns):''' W.O. 17, 1759-1865
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#'''Royal Chelsea Hospital Pension Returns:'''&nbsp; W.O. 22, 1842-1883
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#'''Royal Chelsea Hospital, Chelsea Registers, etc.:'''&nbsp; W.O. 23, 1702-1933
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#'''Royal Chelsea Hospital, Chelsea Registers, etc.:'''&nbsp; W.O. 25, 1660-1878 (FHL&nbsp;has some)
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#'''Establishments for Half-pay:&nbsp; '''W.O. 24, 1686-1829
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#'''Ireland Commission &amp;&nbsp;Succession Books:'''&nbsp; W.O. 35, 1775-1831
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#'''[http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Collection/Display?uri=C14251- Certificates of Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths &amp;&nbsp;Burials, Wills, &amp; other personal papers:]'''&nbsp; W.O. 42, 1755-1908 (FHL&nbsp;has some)
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#'''Quarter Books:'''&nbsp; W.O. 54, 1594-1883
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#'''[http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Collection/Display?uri=C14284 Records of Officers' Service (whole military):]'''&nbsp; W.O. 76, 1790s to 1800s (FHL&nbsp;has many)
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#[http://www.sandhurstcollection.org.uk/ '''Royal Military College, Sandhurst''':]&nbsp; W.O. 99 (records at Sandhurst Military College, Berkshire)
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#'''[http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Collection/Display?uri=C14308- Campaign Medal Rolls:]'''&nbsp; W.O. 100, 1793-1912
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#'''[http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Collection/Display?uri=C14310- Medals &amp;&nbsp;Awards; Long Service &amp;&nbsp;Good conduct:]'''&nbsp; W.O. 102, 1831-1902
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#'''Miscellanea Submission Papers:'''&nbsp; 1803-1914
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#'''South African War Papers:'''&nbsp; Returns of Officers, NCO's &amp;&nbsp;soldiers, W.O. 108, 1899-1902
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#[http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Collection/Display?uri=C14325- '''Royal Chelsea Hospital Admission Books - Outpensioners (for long service):'''&nbsp;] W.O. 117, 1823-1913
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#'''[http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Collection/Display?uri=C14324- Royal Chelsea Hospital Admission Books - Outpensioners (Disability) Records:]'''&nbsp; W.O. 116, 1715-1913
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#'''[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F319852 Royal Hospital, Kilmainham Out-Pensions Records - Admission Books (&amp;&nbsp;some Discharge Books):]'''&nbsp; W.O. 118, 1704-1862
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#'''Royal Hospital Kilmainham Discharge Documents of Pensioners - Out-Pensions Records:'''&nbsp; W.O. 119, 1783-1822
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#[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F315468 '''Royal Hospital Chelsea Regimental Registers of Admissions - Out-Pensions (includes Militias):'''&nbsp;] W.O. 120, 1715-1857
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#'''Royal Chelsea Hospital Out-Pensions - Discharge Documents of Pensioners:'''&nbsp; W.O. 121, 1782-1813
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#'''Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst - Register of Cadets:'''&nbsp; W.O. 151, 1806-1946
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#'''Royal Hospital Chelsea - Prize Records:'''&nbsp; W.O. 164, 1720-1899
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#'''Pay Master General Army Establishment Retired Pay &amp;&nbsp;General Officers' Pay &amp;&nbsp;Allowance:'''&nbsp; PMG 3, 1813-1920
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#'''Pay Master General Army Establishment Retired Pay &amp;&nbsp;General Officers' Pay &amp;&nbsp;Allowance:'''&nbsp; PMG&nbsp;4, 1737-1921
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#'''Pay Master General - Commissariat Half Pay:'''&nbsp; PMG 5, 1834-1855
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#'''Pay Master General - Army Establishment; Ordnance, Half Pay, Pensions, etc.:'''&nbsp; PMG&nbsp;12, 1836-1875
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#'''Pay Master General - Army Establishment; Miscellaneous Books:''' PMG 14, 1756-1772; 1797-1861
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'''MOST VALUABLE BRITISH ARMY RECORDS FOR <u>REGULAR SOLDIERS</u>'''
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Several War Office (W.O.) class records exist for regular soldiers and their families which have&nbsp;not been&nbsp;mentioned.&nbsp; The records listed below have extensive coverage for much of the British Army as a whole.&nbsp; Unless otherwise indicated, the records listed below by title and W.O. class number are located at The National Archives.
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#'''[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/search-menu/armed-forces-and-conflict Regimental Registers of births, baptisms, marriages and burials:]&nbsp;&nbsp;'''1760-1924;&nbsp;FHL microfiche 6137402 &amp; 6137403
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#'''[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/search-menu/armed-forces-and-conflict Chaplains' Returns of births, marriages and burials:&nbsp;]&nbsp;'''1796-1880
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#'''Muster Book &amp;&nbsp;Pay Lists (artillery):&nbsp; '''W.O. 10; 1708-1878
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#'''Muster Book &amp;&nbsp;Pay Lists (General):'''&nbsp; W.O. 12; 1732-1741; 1760-1878
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#'''Soldiers Documents:'''&nbsp; W.O. 97; 1760-1900
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#'''Monthly Returns (sometimes called "Station Returns):'''&nbsp; W.O. 17; 1759-1865
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#'''Royal Chelsea Hospital Pension Returns:'''&nbsp; W.O. 22; 1842-1883
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#'''Royal Chelsea Hospital, Chelsea Registers etc.:'''&nbsp; W.O. 23, 1702-1892
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#'''[http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Collection/Display?uri=C14234- Commission Books Series 1 &amp; 2:]'''&nbsp; W.O. 25; 1759-1935 (some at FHL)
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#'''Headquarter Records: America Muster Rolls:'''&nbsp; W.O. 28; 1746-1785
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#'''Registered Files - General Series - Garrison Churches, certificates marr. &amp;&nbsp;lic., casualties, general:&nbsp; '''W.O. 32; 1777-1892 (some at FHL)
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#'''[http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Collection/Display?uri=C14251- Certificates of Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths, &amp;&nbsp;Burials:&nbsp;] '''W.O. 42; 1755-1908 (some at FHL)
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#'''[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F254159 Depot Description Books:&nbsp;]'''W.O. 67; 1768-1908
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#'''[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F170267 Royal Artillery Description Books:]'''&nbsp; W.O. 69; 1782-1840
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#'''[https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=keywords&searchCriteria=WO+68&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= Depot Description Books - Militia Records:&nbsp;] '''W.O. 68; 1759-1925
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#'''[https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=keywords&searchCriteria=WO+96&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= Militia Attestation Returns:]'''&nbsp; W.O. 96; 1806-1915
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#'''[http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Collection/Display?uri=C14308- Campaign Medal Rolls:]'''&nbsp; W.O. 100; 1793-1912
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#'''[http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Collection/Display?uri=C14310- Medals &amp;&nbsp;Awards - Long Service &amp;&nbsp;Good Conduct:]'''&nbsp; W.O. 102; 1831-1902
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#'''South African War:'''&nbsp; W.O. 108; 1899-1904
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#'''[http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Collection/Display?uri=C14324- Royal Chelsea Hospital Admission Books - Outpensioners' (Disability) Records:]&nbsp; '''W.O. 116; 1715-1913
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#'''[http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Collection/Display?uri=C14325- Royal Chelsea Hospital Admission Books - Outpensioners (for long service):]'''&nbsp; W.O. 117; 1823-1913
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#'''[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F319852 Royal Hospital Kilmainham - Outpensions Records - Admission &amp;&nbsp;Discharge Books:]&nbsp; '''W.O. 118; 1704-1862
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#'''Royal Hospital Kilmainham - Discharge Documents of Pensioners - Outpension Records:&nbsp; '''W.O. 119; 1783-1822
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#'''[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F315468 Royal Chelsea Hospital Regimental Registers of Admissions - Outpensions (&amp;&nbsp;Militias):]&nbsp; '''W.O. 120; 1715-1857
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#'''Royal Chelsea Hospital Outpensions - Discharge Documents of Pensioners:&nbsp;&nbsp;'''W.O. 171; 1782-1840
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#'''British Military Records in The Canadian National Archives:'''&nbsp;&nbsp;C. Series; 1757-1899 (at FHL)
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#'''Pay Master General Army Establishment - Pensions for Wounds:'''&nbsp; PMG 9; 1814-1920
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#'''South African War Imperial Yeomanry - Soldiers Documents:&nbsp; '''W.O. 128; 1899-1902
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#'''Royal Hospital chelsea:&nbsp; '''W.O. 164; 1720-1899
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#'''Medals &amp;&nbsp;Awards - Distinguished Conduct Medal:&nbsp; '''W.O. 146; 1855-1909
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=== Was my ancestor in the Militia or a Volunteer? <br>  ===
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RECORDS FOR FINDING MILITIA, VOLUNTEERS &amp;&nbsp;YEOMANRY REGIMENT NAME OR NUMBER
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#'''[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/army-service-records/all Soldiers' documents (Militia, by County):]&nbsp; '''1760-1881; W.O. 97; FHL&nbsp;has pieces 1-1182; 1209-1279, 1760-1854 only with some alphabetical arrangement
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#'''[https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=keywords&searchCriteria=WO+96&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= Militia Attestation Returns; whole military (with attachments):]'''&nbsp; 1806-1915; W.O. 96-all; alphabetically arranged.&nbsp; The National Archives
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#'''Army Establishment; Militia, Yeomanry &amp;&nbsp;Volunteers Allowances:'''&nbsp; 1793-1799; 1817-1927; Pay Master General (PMG) #13, pieces 1-50.
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#'''[https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=keywords&searchCriteria=WO+13&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= Muster Books &amp;&nbsp;Pay Lists; Militia &amp;&nbsp;Volunteers:]'''&nbsp; 1780-1878; W.O. 13; pieces 1-4675.
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#'''Depot Description Books - Militia Records, including Officers' Services:'''&nbsp; 1759-1925; W.O. 68, pieces 1-568; FHL&nbsp;has many of these - helpful enlistment place for soldier is known.
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#[https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=keywords&searchCriteria=WO+96&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= '''Militia Attestation Returns; whole military (attachments):'''&nbsp;] 1806-1915; W.O. 96, pieces 1-1522; arranged alphabetically.
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#'''Royal Hospital Chelsea Regimental Registers of Admissions - Out-Pensions:'''&nbsp; includes Militias
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#'''Home Office - Military Internal Defence (Militia &amp;&nbsp;Volunteers):'''&nbsp; 1782-1840; H.O. 50, pieces 57-363.
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#'''Militia Entry Books - Commissions, appointments, warrants:'''&nbsp; 1758-1855; E51
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#'''Quarter Session Records (of each shire/county):'''&nbsp; most have militia lists or sometimes lists of able-bodied men from the ages of 16-60; some are in print.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F315468 Regimental Registers of Pensioners 1717-1857:]; W.O. 120
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F315468 Regimental Registers of Pensioners 1717-1857:]; W.O. 120
  
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