Tracing Your Ancestors Through Royal Fusiliers Service Records

The Royal Fusiliers have a long and proud history of service to the British Crown, stretching back to 1685. This regiment has seen action in many of the major conflicts of the past three centuries, including the Napoleonic Wars, World War I and World War II. As such, it is an important source of information for those wishing to trace their family history. Here we look at how you can use Royal Fusiliers service records to trace your ancestors.

Searching for Records

The first step in tracing your ancestors through Royal Fusiliers service records is to search for any relevant documents. The National Archives holds a large collection of records relating to the regiment, including muster rolls, pay lists and casualty returns. These can be searched online or accessed in person at the National Archives in Kew. It is also possible to search for records at local archives or libraries, as well as online databases such as or

Understanding the Records

Once you have located relevant documents, it is important to understand what information they contain. Muster rolls provide details on when and where a soldier served, as well as his rank and other personal details such as age and place of birth. Pay lists provide details on a soldier’s salary and allowances, while casualty returns list those killed or wounded in action. It is also possible to find letters written by soldiers during their service, which can provide valuable insights into their lives and experiences during wartime.

Making Connections

Once you have located relevant records and understood what information they contain, it is time to start making connections between them and your own family history. By cross-referencing different records with census data or other sources of family history information, it is possible to build up a picture of your ancestor’s life in the Royal Fusiliers. This can help you gain a better understanding of their experiences during wartime and how this may have impacted their lives afterwards.

By using Royal Fusiliers service records it is possible to trace your ancestors back through time and gain a better understanding of their lives during wartime service with this historic regiment. With some patience and research it is possible to uncover fascinating stories about your family’s past that would otherwise remain hidden forever.

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