Forces War Records adds Victorian army indexes

By Guest, 29 March 2018 - 5:36pm

The military genealogy website now allows members to explore the 1851 and 1861 Worldwide Army Indexes, containing details of British troops stationed across the globe


As well as rank and service number, the records also show where men were stationed – including far-flung locations such as India and Jamaica

Two large databases of 19th-century British soldiers have been published on Forces War Records.

Subscribers to the military genealogy site now have access to the 1851 and 1861 Worldwide Army Indexes, revealing the names, service numbers, ranks and regiments of troops stationed across the former British Empire and beyond.

Fully searchable, the earlier of the two indexes contains more than 243,000 lines of information relating to men serving in the January-March quarter of 1851, while the latter boasts 250,000 records from the April-June quarter of 1861.

The new resources complement the 1871 Worldwide Army Index, which is also available to search on Forces War Records.

All three record sets were compiled by military genealogist Roger Nixon, who transcribed the entries from muster rolls and pay lists held in series WO10, WO11 and WO12 at The National Archives (TNA).

Crucially for family historians, each entry has an archive reference, allowing researchers to track down the original source document.

As the databases correspond with census years, they may also enable users to track down 'missing' kin who were actually stationed abroad.

Forces War Records web manager, Neil White, said that the indexes were an "invaluable resource" for family history research.

"The collection covers the records of many regiments serving around the world," he told Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine.

"The work of Roger Nixon in compiling this collection is greatly appreciated. His hard work has created a very comprehensive record of the men that served in the British Army during this period."

The 1851, 1861 and 1871 Worldwide Army Indexes have previously been made available to members of the Findmypast and TheGenealogist, while selected records (1812–17) from series WO12 at TNA can be found on Ancestry.

In addition to the new material, Forces War Records is also running a special Easter offer, allowing users to get 50% off the price of annual and monthly memberships until 11.59pm on Monday 2 April. More details can be found on our special offers page.

 

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