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What regiment did my ancestor serve in?
Can I find life events or family relationships in military records?
Was my ancestor in the Militia or a Volunteer?
RECORDS FOR FINDING MILITIA, VOLUNTEERS & YEOMANRY REGIMENT NAME OR NUMBER
- Soldiers' documents (Militia, by County): 1760-1881; W.O. 97; FHL has pieces 1-1182; 1209-1279, 1760-1854 only with some alphabetical arrangement
- Militia Attestation Returns; whole military (with attachments): 1806-1915; W.O. 96-all; alphabetically arranged. The National Archives
- Army Establishment; Militia, Yeomanry & Volunteers Allowances: 1793-1799; 1817-1927; Pay Master General (PMG) #13, pieces 1-50.
- Muster Books & Pay Lists; Militia & Volunteers: 1780-1878; W.O. 13; pieces 1-4675.
- Depot Description Books - Militia Records, including Officers' Services: 1759-1925; W.O. 68, pieces 1-568; FHL has many of these - helpful enlistment place for soldier is known.
- Militia Attestation Returns; whole military (attachments): 1806-1915; W.O. 96, pieces 1-1522; arranged alphabetically.
- Royal Hospital Chelsea Regimental Registers of Admissions - Out-Pensions: includes Militias
- Home Office - Military Internal Defence (Militia & Volunteers): 1782-1840; H.O. 50, pieces 57-363.
- Militia Entry Books - Commissions, appointments, warrants: 1758-1855; E51
- Quarter Session Records (of each shire/county): most have militia lists or sometimes lists of able-bodied men from the ages of 16-60; some are in print.
Did my ancestor receive a pension?
Search the WO 97 records to determine if ancestor received a pension. Search the following:
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