NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at FindMyPast. I’ve added sample document to this post below the announcement.


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Findmypast publishes more of The National Archives’ collection of British Army officers’ widows’ pension forms

  • British Army officers’ widows’ pension forms spanning the years 1755 – 1908 indexed online for the first time
  • Over 13,000 records, including transcripts and scanned images of original documents, now available to search

 Leading British family history website, Findmypast, today announces the publication of a new online collection of British Army Pension records held by The National Archives.

Indexed online for the first time, British Army Officers’ Widows’ Pension Forms 1755 – 1908, spans more than 150 years of British military history and contains over 13,000 transcripts and scanned images taken from The National Archives series “WO 42: War Office: Officers’ Birth Certificates, Wills and Personal Papers”.

The collection consists of bundles of original documents submitted in support of pension claims made by the widows of British Army officers. It covers the wives of officers who died in service or on half pay as well as compassionate allowances awarded to the children of both deceased and disabled officers.

The bundles include a variety of original army forms and supporting documents that enable family historians to learn more about their military ancestors’ careers while uncovering important biographical details of their wives and children.

Researchers can view the original application forms completed by widows, marriage and death details of the officers in question, as well as death certificates, marriage certificates, birth certificates and baptismal records for their wives and children.

Paul Nixon, Head of UK Data Licensing at Findmypast, said: “There has never been a better time to be a family historian and the release of this small but important collection of military records further illustrates this point.”

British Army Officers’ Widows’ Pension Forms 1755 – 1908 joins Findmypast’s growing collection of more than 30 million British and Irish military records. Covering a wide time frame, the Pension Forms complement Findmypast’s existing collection of First World War Widows’ Pension Forms, and include records for officers who served during the Seven Years War, The War of American Independence, the French Revolutionary Wars, the Napoleonic Wars, The War of 1812, The Crimean War, the Anglo-Zulu War and the Boer War.

To find out more about the collection, visit: https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/british-army-officers-widows-pension-forms-1755-1908


About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is the British-owned world leader in online family history with over 18 million registered users across its family of brands, which include Findmypast, Genes Reunited, the British Newspaper Archive and Twile. Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is the home of the world’s most comprehensive online collection of British and Irish records, including:

  • The largest online collection of UK parish records
  • Twice the number of Irish records available on any other site
  • The British Library’s vast collection of historical newspapers
  • The exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive, a ground-breaking initiative that aims to digitize the historical records of the Catholic Church in North America, Britain and Ireland for the very first time.

Findmypast is committed to making discoveries in the British Isles easier than ever before. It combines the best of British and Irish data with the knowledge of in-house experts to provide a unique family history experience that guides researchers through every step of their journey.

For more information on how Findmypast is enhancing the experiences of family historians worldwide, visit: www.findmypast.co.uk

About The National Archives

The National Archives is one of the world’s most valuable resources for research and an independent research organisation in its own right. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and England and Wales they are the guardians of some of the UK’s most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. The National Archives brings together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historic documents as well as leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk / http://www.legislation.gov.uk/


1820 British Officers Widow Pension

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British Army, “Required for Placing on the Pension, the Widow of an Officer Under the Rank of Major General”, Margaret Baird, widow of Andrew Baird, Royal Lanark Regiment Of Militia, filed 11 Jan 1820, FindMyPast, British Army Officers’ Widows’ Pension Forms 1755-1908, Digital Image Collection, citing The National Archives, W.O. 42/B1-60 (http://www.FindMyPast.com : viewed 20 Apr 2018).