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National Archives Kew Index

The National Archives a Kew as indexed all the documents into series's. Below is a table of the most common document series used in faily history research.

Army / Marines / Sailors

Series Description Dates Covers

Commissary General of Musters Office and successors: General Muster Books and Pay Lists


War Office: Muster Books and Pay Lists


Royal Hospital Chelsea: Admission Books, Registers and Papers


War Office: Officers' Birth Certificates, Wills and Personal Papers


War Office: Militia Attestation Papers


Royal Hospital Chelsea: Soldiers Service Documents


War Office: Campaign Medal and Award Rolls (General Series)


War Office: Meritorious Service Awards, Registers


War Office: Directorate of Army Medical Services: Reports, Returns and Summaries


Royal Hospital, Chelsea: Disability and Royal Artillery Out-Pensions, Admission Books


Royal Hospital Chelsea: Length of Service Pensions, Admission Books


War Office: Officers' Services, First World War, Long Number Papers (numerical)


War Office: Soldiers' Documents, First World War 'Burnt Documents' (Microfilm Copies)


War Office: Soldiers' Documents from Pension Claims, First World War (Microfilm Copies)


War Office: Service Medal and Award Rolls Index, First World War


War Office: Officers' Services, First World War, personal files (alphabetical)


War Office: Directorate of Army Medical Services and Territorial Force: Nursing Service Records, First World War

ADM Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies  

More on Military Records


Death / Wills / Probate

Series Description Dates Covers
IR 26 Death Duty Registers up to part of 1861
IR 27 Death Duty Registers Index (microfilm) up to part of 1861
PROB Wills and Probates 1387 -

Poor Law Records

MH 12 Poor Law Unions across England and Wales  
Medical Records