Records of the Militia from 1757 by Garth Thomas. Public Record Office Readers' Guide No. 3, PRO Publications, Public Record Office, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR. Copyright 1993. £3.95.

This book provides a structure for examining the chaotic records produced by the Militia since its re-formation in 1757. The author admits that at times his method of organization is a little forced, but it does work in providing a logical way to approach these very diverse records. The book covers the Militia (1757-1907), where under the Cardwell reforms they generally became the third battalion of the local regular army regiment. Also covered are the volunteers (1794-1813), rifle volunteers (1859-1908), yeomanry (1804-1921), the territorial army (1907-present), the home guard (1940-1945), and the EfencibleE corps raised in times of need.

The book does a good job of providing the reader with information about what records were created and which have survived in the Public Record Office. The book provides a clear and concise introduction to these complicated records. Not all documents regarding the militia are in the Public Record Office. For a complete listing of where to find militia lists and muster lists you will need to supplement this book with a copy of Militia Lists and Musters 1757-1876 by Jeremy Gibson and Mervyn Medlycott, published by the Federation of Family History Societies.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.1 no.4, 1994