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Census records 1841-1911

  1. Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths (for England & Wales from 1837; for Scotland from 1855; for Ireland from 1864 with Protestant marriages from 1845)
  2. Homes Sources:  especially medals & awards, discharge papers, pension papers, journals, obituaries, old letters
  3. Army Lists: monthly, annual and the more recent quarterly or half-yearly lists - contain the name, rank, regiment, year of commission to any particular rank of officer.  See W.O. 64, 65 & 66.
  4. Army Lists and Commission Registers:  Charles Dalton compiled the commissions of officers from 1661 to 1714.
  5. Gentleman's Magazine & Index, 1731-1850:  Lists many officers' commissions; indexes are at the back of each volume (FHL Book 942 B2gm index).
  6. Applications for Pensions for Widows and Children 1755-1908:  (Foreign Regiments included); W.O. 42, pieces 1-51.
  7. Militia Attestation Returns:  whole military (attachments), 1806-1915; W.O. 96, pieces #1-1522.
  8. Regimental Registers of births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials of soldiers and their families, 1761-1924: (FHL has birth indexes ohnly)
  9. Chaplain Returns of births, marriages, deaths and burials of soldiers and their families, 1796-1880:  FRC, London (FHL has indexes and records)
  10. Services of Officers on Full Pay:  1828 W.O. 25, pieces #749-779; alphabetical (FHL Book 942 M2sp)
  11. Services of Officers on Full & Half Pay:  1829, W.O. 25, pieces #780-807; alphabetical
  12. Returns of Retired Officers' Services on Half Pay: 1847, W.O. 25, pieces #808-823; indexed (FHL Book 942 M23be)
  13. Registers, Various: Service Returns -- #1 Service Noncommissioned Officers: 1806 (June), W.O. 25, piece #871-1120; indexed.
  14. Registers, Various:  Service Returns -- #3 Discharges (of Noncommissioned Officers): 1783-1810, W.O. 25, pieces #1121-1131; indexed.
  15. Muster Master Generals' Index of Casualties (officers'): 1797-1817; W.O. 25, pieces 1196-1358
  16. Regimental Registers of Pensioners:  Royal Chelsea Hospital 1717-1857, W.O. 120.


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