Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Napoleonic Ancestors

If you have ancestors in the Napoleonic Wars you may find this post interesting and helpful in finding more online information on ancestors who served in them.

The conflict between Britain and France ran from 1803 to 1815. Although the French defeat at the Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815 was regarded as the end of the wars the conflict continued in small pockets. Even Napoleon’s abdication on the 22nd June did not cease the hostilities with Napoleon still clinging to the hope he could win. Sporadic warfare continued along the eastern borders and on the outskirts of Paris until the signing of a cease-fire on 4th July 1815. On 15th July, Napoleon finally surrendered himself to the British squadron at Rochefort.

To find detailed useful information on the Napoleonic wars, battles, campaigns visit:

You can also find names of those who served at The National Archives

Soldier’s documents from 1760 until 1854 can be found in WO 97/1-1271 and searched by name. Also discharge documents usually relating to pensions from 1782 until 1833 in WO 121.

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  1. Also the National Archives page for Trafalgar Ancestors:


  2. The Soldiers' Documents in WO 97 are now online at They have been digitised from the originals, not the films, so the image quality is very good.

  3. this about the Napoleonic Ancestors surrendered himself to the British squadron at Rochefort.