Military History Monthly brings you the details of 3 experts in the field to aid you in your genealogical research .


The Society of Genealogists (SoG) is the UK’s largest family history society and runs the National Family History Centre. Its library in Clerkenwell contains everything a genealogist would expect to help them with their research, with free access to major commercial online genealogy sites and published reference materials.

The SoG holds an unrivalled collection of family histories and unique manuscript research notes and pedigrees. The reference collections relating to military history and soldier ancestors are excellent, with extensive runs of army lists, regimental histories, medal rolls, and biographies, as well as numerous family history and biographical research notes on military men.

The Society’s extensive education programme includes several talks and visits for anyone tracing their military ancestors.

Online, as part of the SoG’s website for members, is a database of information relating primarily to commissioned officers in the British Army and the pre-1947 Indian Army, which is particularly useful for locating articles on soldiers that have appeared in some of the journals we hold.



Forces War Records, military genealogy specialists have exclusively released the WWII Italian Prisoner of War Camp nominal rolls to search online. They are constantly searching for rare lists and updating their data, and this is the first time that records in this collection have been transcribed. Other exclusive collections include:

• British Jewry Book of Honour 1922
• Imperial prisoners of war held in Italy 1943
• Home Guard Officer Lists 1939-1945
• Home Guard Auxiliary Units 1939-1945
• List of Etonians who served in the War 1914-1919 and 1939-1945 • UK British and Commonwealth POWs of Japanese camps 1939-1945
• Bomber/Fighter Command Losses 1939-1945
• London County Council War Service 1914-18
• Cambridge University war list 1914-1918
• Bomber Command Ruhr Offensive March–July 1943
• The Crimean War–Naval and Marines Medal Roll
• The India Medal (1895) Roll
• The Army of India Medal Roll 1799-1826
• The Kaffir Wars Medal Roll
• The South Africa Medal (1877) Roll
• The India General Service Medal (1854) Roll
• Serving personnel on the 1861 census
• 1870s Military Discharges
• Royal Artillery 1877-1881
• 2nd Afghan War 1878-80 Casualty Roll


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 To see this article as it appeared in issue 47 of Military History Monthly, click here.