During the Napoleonic Wars, more than 200,000 prisoners of war were held in Britain, in land prisons, prison ships and parole depots. These men (and some women) were not just French people. They included Germans, Dutch, Spaniards, Danes, Italians and Americans. The Transport Office of the Admiralty administered all the prisoners of war. It kept very accurate and detailed records of all captives held between 1793 and 1815. At the end of the Wars some of these prisoners stayed in England and became part of the community.
Some family historians can trace their ancestry back to these prisoners of war. Find My Past have recently published online the General Entry Books, or registers, that hold the prisoners’ details. The registers are the starting point for tracing a prisoner ancestor.
In this talk, Paul Chamberlain examines the stories of some of the prisoners who settled in Britain after the Napoleonic Wars. He looks at the information you can find in the Find My Past records, how to interpret the data, and where to go for further material on a Napoleonic prisoner of war ancestor.
A one-hour talk with Paul Chamberlain
21/03/2018 14:00 - 15:00
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