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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ARCHIVED: British and Irish Military Records Study Group

We're learning about research methods in addition to the survey of record groups in this study group series. Kathleen Moore says "Oh yes, I found one of my guys and it even gives his marriage date and children's birth dates."

The National Archives at Kew in the London area is the caretaker of most of the military records. It is important to understand the "fonds" or the way records are grouped. There is a Department code (ADM for admiralty, WO for War Office, etc) and a series number. Britain's armed forces comprise, in order of seniority, the Royal Navy (including the Royal Marines - ADM) , Army (WO) and Royal Air Force (AIR). Other units can include local militia, fencibles, yeomanry and territorial units of the army.

This is the worksheet with links gathered by our study group coordinator Claire V. Brisson-Banks:
This is the research guides page on TNA The National Archives (UK) website.
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