England Indexes to Military and Service Organization Records for Family History (National Institute)

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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course English: Occupation Records-Professions and Trades and English: Occupations-Military & Services  by Dr. Penelope Christensen. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

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Always check the Internet for new indexes. A good place to start is Roots Web. Army Indexes are numerous, see Bevan (Tracing Your Ancestors in the Public Record Office), Fowler and Spencer (Army Records for Family Historians), Gibson and Hampshire (Specialist Indexes for Family Historians), Kitzmiller (In Search of the Forlorn Hope. A Comprehensive Guide to Locating British Regiments and Their Records 1840-WWI). Gibson and Hampson’s Specialist Indexes lists a large number of materials useful for services research.

Barnes, David J. RFC
RNAS and RAF Register

British Library, Oriental
and India Office
Catalogue and searchable indexes.
Canal and River Boatmen
and Allied Trades
John Roberts, 52 St. Andrew's Road
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B75 6UH
Canal Boat People of
Wolverhampton, N.
Staffs, S. Cheshire and
Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies, 42-50 Snow Hill,
Wolverhampton WV2 4AG
Certificates and
Declarations for
officers' widows'
pensions 1846-65
Meryl Catty, 4 Alexandra Close
Chadwell St. Mary, Grays, Essex RM16 4TT
1 fiche for £2.50 incl. postage
Mrs. E.R. Stage, 150 Fulwell Park Ave
Twickenham, Middx TW2 5HB
Coastguards in Sussex
See Family Roots (Eastbourne) FHS
Coastguards in Ireland
Tony Daly, 30 Gledswood Park, Clouskeagh, Dublin 14, Replublic of Ireland
Coastguards from
various ADM classes
Andy Chapman, 161 Totterdown Street, Tooting, London SW17 8TE
Customs Officers
Mrs. June Underwood, 174A Wendover Road, Weston Turville, Bucks HP22 5TG
Deserters from army
Deserter Index, Manchester and Lancashire FHS, Clayton House, 59 Picadilly Manchester M1 2AQ
Andrea Cordani, 190 Queens Road, Walthamstow, London E17 8PL
Family Roots(Eastbourne) FHS
94 Northbourne Road, Eastbourne,
East Sussex BN22 8QP
Email: sarahslaughter@madasafish.com
Family Tree Magazine

Gallipoli Campaign 1915-1916 Biographical Index
Patrick Gariepy, 3966 Robin Avenue,
Eugene, Oregon, USA 97402
Email: patric@efn.org
Hodgson's Index (India
officers pre-1861)

National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HT
Email: info@natonal-army-museum.ac.uk

India Office Records
Catalogue and searchable indexes.
India websites

Inland Waterways
John Roberts, 52 St. Andrews Road
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B75 6 UH
Jervis World War I Photographic Index
Send £ + SAE for search to I.S. Swinnerton, Imperial Soldier
Searches, Cobwebs, Long Burton, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 5PD
Land Tax E 182 Exchequer: King's Remembrance: Particulars of Account or Land and Assessed Taxes

Mr. C. Trethewey, 135 Stanborough Road, Plymstock, Plymouth, Devon
Metropolitan Police Consolidated Index
Mr. Chris Forester, 23 Brittain Road, Hersham, Surrey KT12 4LR
Midland Railway
See Wyvern M. R. Index
Military Courts 1879-1993

CD from Family History Indexes, 14 Copper Leaf Close, Moulton, Northampton NN3 7HS
Email: info@fhindexes,co.uk

Militia Musters 1781-2 (WO 13)

Family History Indexes, 14 Copper Leaf Close, Moulton, Northampton NN3 7HS Email: fhindexes@genfair.com

National Inventory of War Memorials
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road London SE1 6HZ
Naval Chronicle Index

Police Gazette

RFC, RNAS and RAF Register

Railway and Canal Historical Society Index

The Company of Watermen and Lightmen of the River Thames

Royal Irish Constabulary 1816-1882 1882-1921
On FHL fiche 6344743(8) and FHL fiche 6344782(7)
Royal National Lifeboat Institution Museum and Archives

Sandhurst Military Academy [for student records]
Librarian, Central Library, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Surrey, England GV15 47Q
Sea Fencibles 1805
Defence of the Realm Indexes, Jennifer Killick, 41 Reachfields, Hythe, Kent CT21 6LS
Soldiers Died in the Great War
CD-ROM by Naval and Military Press, Heathfield, East Sussex
Soldiers Documents Index 1760-1854
Soldiers Index 1792-1838 J.D. Beckett, 34 Eastwood Avenue, Droylsden, Manchester M35 6BJ. Send SAE for details. Compiled from non-TNA material. Also on film, see FHL film 1596009
Trafalgar Index

Index of Seamen and Marines at the Battle of Trafalgar, c/o Mr. and Mrs. D. Ayshford, 52 Perry Street, Wendover, Aylesbury, Bucks HP22 6DH

Trafalgar Roll

Victorian military photos, medals, and badges Dan Allen, Victorian Military Society
20 Priory Road
Newbury Berks RG14 7QN
Volunteers of Napoleonic Wars Defence of the Realm Indexes, Jennifer Killick, 41 Reachfields, Hythe, Kent CT21 6LS
War Graves for WWI onwards
2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead
Berkshire SL6 7DX
War Memorials in UK
Imperial War Museum
WWI Soldiers Index
Mrs. Grace Bevan, 114 Inchbonnie Road
South Woodham Ferrers, Essex CM3 5ZW
Wyvern M.R. Index
(Midland Railway)
Chris and Judy Rouse, 18 Sarsen Close
Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 4LA
Email: chris@rouse31.freeserve.co.uk


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