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Thank you Sylvia for your corrections to my message...The word MAY lets
everyone off the hook doesn't it..and please read my message by substituting
may, each time I said Can (I guess I'm just too optimistic (g))
John I can't guarantee that the marriage will be on the Microfiche...but
you'll never, never know, if you never, never go!..
Similarly I can't guarantee that every FHC has every Microfiche for
Regimental BDMs or the Chaplains Returns for Stations Abroad...but I have
given you the Microfiche Numbers if you need to order it in and then donate
it to your local FHC or Genealogical Society..
I waited months and months for the arrival of the microfiche at my FHC and
then only a couple of months later, my local Genealogical Society purchased
two whole shoe boxes full of GRO indices of Army Regimental BDMs..etc.
From memory of my use of these indices, the Index lists names,alphabetically
which you can then match up with the Regiment, and the time period/Country.
and obtain the GRO reference details.to order the Certificate.
> service record should also include date of marriage & name of spouse, plus
> dates of birth of children - certainly I have seen such information.
It is very rare to find these records on a soldier's discharge papers,
unless you are talking about a much later time frame than John is looking
Certainly there was no mention of wife or children on my ancestor's WO 97
Soldiers Documents.from the mid 19th century ..and yet I was able to find
his marriage and the records of birth of his three children by the method I
have outlined in my earlier message. i.e. using the Army Regimental
BDMs.etc. and I have obtained other WO 97's for other friends and not seen a
record of a marriage on any of them.
My offer still stands John.., if you would like to find the military records
record for you ancestor, they may be available,. as Sylvia said, if he
retired to pension..
I just reread my message and I hope it wasn't garbled..
I intended to day that you could order the Certificate through an Agent or
directly from the GRO, whichever suits you best.
---- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2002 10:40 PM
Subject: Marriage records
> Hello Listers,
> I would appreciate to hear from anyone who could advise me how to go
> searching for the marriage records of my ancestor a British Army soldier
> the 15th Regiment of Foot stationed in Ceylon in 1853. Exact location in
> I believe the Registrar-General in Colombo should be contacted, but I hear
> their records before 1900 was damaged.
> Thanks for any help
> To join Ancestry.com and access our 1.2 billion online genealogy records,
You have the most important ingredient to solve you puzzle...you know the
regiment in which your ancestor served...and that is the key to all
information about him...
If you don't already have it, do you have his Army discharge papers which
also give you his physical description as well as allowing you to calculate
his year of birth.?
If not, get back to me and I can point you in the right direction..
You can find his marriage on the index of Army Regimental BDMS and
Chaplains Returns for Stations Abroad.
The microfiche for the index should be at your nearest Family History Centre
of the Latter Day Saints and the details if they need to order them in are
(6137413 Index to Certified Copies of Registers of Marriages (officers,
soldiers & their families) at stations abroad 1796-1955.)
You need to look for his name, ensure that you have the name for the right
Regiment the index will give you a reference..Volume No. and Page no. (from
You can order the Copy of the Certificate from the GRO in UK..where all
returns have been deposited..either directly or through an agent.
1. G.R.O. Army Regimental Registers of Births and marriages 1761-1924, and
deaths 1796-1987.There are several series, some of them overlapping, with
an uncertain amount of duplication & omission.The name, place, year and
regiment are required to carry out a conclusive search.These relate to
events in U.K. and abroad.
2. Army Chaplains returns of Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths 7&
Burials 1796-1880 which all relate to events abroad. These do not give
the regiment, only name. place, and date range.
Index to entries in the army regimental registers of births and baptisms,
1761 - 1924 - 8 microfiche - Supplement A-Z NOTE: "Should be used in
addition to the (previous) index."
This is where I found the children of my Guard
(Index to certified copies of registers of births (officers, soldiers, &
their families) from chaplains to the forces at stations abroad, 1796-1880.
Aar - Jed (GRO no F540) - fiche 1
Jef - Wil (GRO no F541) - fiche 2
Wil - Zam (GRO no F542) fiche 3)
6137109 Index to Certified copies of Deaths at Stations abroad 1786-1880
6137131 Consular Death Indices - 1871-1875 (3 fiche: GRO nos F031-F033)
6137132 Consular Death Indices - 1876-1880 (3 fiche: GRO nos F034-F036)
6137330 Index to Certified Copies of Registers of Births (officers, soldiers
& their families from Chaplains... at Stations Abroad 1796-1880 (3 fiche:
Aar-Jed (GRO no F540) * as above
Jef-Wil (GRO no F541) *as above
Wil-Zam (GRO no F542).* as above
6137403 Index to Entries in the Army Regimental Registers of Births &
Baptishms - 1761-1924 - Supplement A-Z (8 fiches) NOTE "Should be used in
addition to (previous) index.
6137413 Index to Certified Copies of Registers of Marriages (officers,
soldiers & their families) at stations abroad 1796-1955.
1796-1880 (2 fiche GRO nos F1023-F1024).
6137491 Great Britain Military Records - a list of regiments, corps and
departments from which records of marriages, births, baptisms and deaths
have been extracted -
the GRO numbers for this fiche are F1190-F1191.
If searching the catalogue on CD-Rom, do a Keyword search for
Great Britain - Civil Registration - Indexes
Great Britain, Military Records, Army (241 matching titles)
England, Military Records, Army (171 matching titles)
I would appreciate to hear from anyone who could advise me how to go about
searching for the marriage records of my ancestor a British Army soldier in
the 15th Regiment of Foot stationed in Ceylon in 1853. Exact location in
I believe the Registrar-General in Colombo should be contacted, but I hear
their records before 1900 was damaged.
Thanks for any help