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About Militia Attestations Index 1872-1915
Militia Attestations can be very fruitful sources of genealogical data. They were documents filled in at the time of recruitment and contain much personal data.
This dataset is an index to Militia Attestation Papers, for the period 1872 to 1915, for over 12,500 militiamen in the Royal Garrison Artillery (present day Royal Artillery) in Ireland.
Ireland's Royal Garrison ArtilleryThis dataset is an index to Militia Attestation Papers, for the period 1872 to 1915, for over 12,500 militiamen in the Royal Garrison Artillery (present day Royal Artillery) in Ireland.
The Royal Garrison Artillery had militia in the counties of Antrim, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Limerick, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford and Wicklow, plus Ulster; it is not clear what the difference is between the militia for Ulster - which of course contains County Antrim - and that for County Antrim. (At The National Archives, the Attestation Papers for Ulster, Antrim and Waterford are contained within the same box, though sorted separately. While the Ulster papers do not contain men born in Antrim, the Antrim and the Ulster papers both contain men born in Armagh.) Although most Attestation Papers for a particular militia are for men born in that county, there are many papers for each county where the men were born in adjacent counties (particularly where these adjacent counties had no militia of their own), and often in counties quite far away. In such cases, the men were most likely to be living at the time of Attestation in or adjacent to the county whose militia they had volunteered for.
What do these records tell you?The index records give the last name and first name of the militiaman, place and county of birth, and The National Archives reference.
The original Attestation Papers are very rich, and can tell a great deal about these men and their families. They show the following details:
The original documentsClick on the "thumbnails" below to view examples of original Attestation Papers, which show the kind of documents you could order.
Militia Attestation of William Byrne - WO96/1441
Militia Attestation of Joseph Hogan - WO96/1451
The amount of information in the documents varies: some, such as those of William Byrne, have much information about their family on the last page (Byrne has a brother in Plymouth, England, two sisters in Chicago, and three further sisters in Queensland); others, such as those of Joseph Hogan, show no relatives but contain a wealth of other personal information.
Locating original documentsUnfortunately, we are no longer able to offer the online hard copy ordering of militia records as they have not been cost effective. Original extracts can be ordered in person and full details can be found below.
The original documents are held at The National Archives - www.nationalarchives.gov.uk. The index records include the information necessary to find the original records yourself at The National Archives.
The National Archives Reference Number identifies the class - always WO96 - and the box (the number after the slash) within which the attestation papers are stored; eg WO96/1441.
The Sequence Number was generated from the order of the documents within each box at the time the index was created; the documents should all be - more or less - in alphabetical order.
If the document you are looking for does not appear where you expect it, it may be because someone who accessed the documents previously has put the documents back in the wrong order. (The National Archives take a dim view of this, and prefer that even where a document is clearly out of order it be left where it is.)
If you do not find them in this order, then look for them in alphabetical order or at the top of the box.
The Indexes to Militia Records were created by Jenifer Edmonds, and are made available on Origins.net with her permission.