How to look for records of... Army regiments
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to researching records of British army regiments. Regimental records are varied, sometimes incomplete and can be complicated. They are held in a variety of places. This guide will help you to find out if the information you are looking for exists, and if it does where to find it or more information about it. This guide is for people interested in regiments themselves as opposed to those interested in finding a specific person.
What do I need to know before I start?
What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
What other resources will help me find information?
Did you know?
Regiments are likely to have changed their identities and merged with other regiments throughout their history. Due to name changes and amalgamations, it can sometimes be complicated to trace a regiment and its records.
Each regiment has its own place in the hierarchy – known as the ‘regimental order of precedence’ – which can affect how its records are organised in relation to those of other regiments.
Local archives and regimental museums hold a wealth of information on specific army regiments. You can find the correct repository through the Find an archive database.