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Researching Officers and Men of the British Army 1756-1913 at the PRO

1. Was he an officer?
Yes
No
Don't know
Read 2
Read 5
Read 2
2. Check Army Lists and London Gazette Successful
Unsuccessful
Read 3
Read 5
3. Check regimental histories etc, then   Read 4
4. Visit PRO (and/or Family Record Centre) to consult
  • Applications for appointments
  • Birth etc Certificates
  • Commission Books
  • Records of Service
  • Wounds Pensions Registers
  • Wounds Pensions Ledgers
  • Reports of Marriages
  • Half Pay Registers
  • Half Pay Ledgers
  • Half Pay Lists
  • Retired Full Pay Registers
  • Retired Full Pay Ledgers
  • Widows' Pensions Registers
  • Widows' Pensions Ledgers
  • Dependants' Pensions Registers
  • Dependants' Pensions Ledgers
5. Check Regular Soldiers Documents or Certificates of Service Successful
Unsuccessful
Read 10
Read 11
& 6
6. Do you know where he was at a given date during his service Yes
No
Read 7
Read 8
7. Consult the Monthly Returns   Read 10
8. Do you know where he was likely to have been living when he joined the army ? Yes
No
Read 9
Read 13
9. Read 7 and try local newspapers for recruiting parties in the area Successful
Unsuccessful
Try 5 again
Read 13
10. Check Chelsea Out-Pension Admission Books
Chelsea Out-Pension Service Pension
Kilmainham Out-Pension Admission Books
Chelsea Out-Pension Regimental Registers
Out-Pension Returns
Chelsea In-Pension Admission Books,
Rolls, Register and Index
   
11. Check Pay Lists and Muster Rolls Successful
Unsuccessful
Read 12
Read 13
12. Check Description Books
Medal Rolls
Casualty returns
Deserter Bounty Certificates
   
13. Either the man was not a soldier or you
need more data to trace his records.
   

RFM Amended 11/98

PRO - Public Records Office

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