24 July 2011

TNA podcast: Nineteenth century soldiers: getting the most from online resources

TNA's principal military specialist William Spencer gives an exceptionally clear explanation of British  military records available online between 1800 and 1920. 

He explains anomalies and gives search tips. Although the illustrations used in the lecture are not captured in the podcast you can still get a lot out of the explanation.

The data sets explained are:

WO 97, British Army Service Records 1760-1915 (Chelsea Pensioners), available at findmypast.co.uk
WO 119,  Royal Hospital, Kilmainham: Pensioners' Discharge Documents (Certificates of Service), indexed by name in TNA's catalogue. Digitized records are not available online. 
WO 363 WO 364, the burned and unburned records of the First World War, are available at Ancestry.co.uk. He recommends scrolling backward as well as forward from the landing page on these records.

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