Hertfordshire Militia Ballot Lists

 Hertfordshire Family History Society, 2008


The Militia Ballot lists contains the names of men aged between 18 and 45 who were eligible for service in the militia forces. There is a very significant survival of these lists in Hertfordshire for the years 1759 to 1786 and in some cases to 1801. While they do not include everyone (or even all the men) they are a very useful guide to who was living at the village at the time.

Over the years the Hertfordshire Family History Society has indexed these lists, in published them in booklet form, parish by parish. All have now been indexed and this CD contains all the booklets in a fully searchable form, together with useful background information and lists for the Militia Establishment for 1759, 1761-2 (partial) and 1765 (Dacorum). A valuable extra is a map, for each parish based on Dury & Andrew's survey of 1766 while the map showing the location of all the ancient parishes, and the hundreds, is the clearest I have seen. The "miscellaneous additional information" records the movements of the Hertfordshire militia - and information on out-of-county militia marriages.

Example 1: Flamstead Booklet - Burchmore Entries

Covering the years:

1758? (undated but inferred), 1759, 1760, 1761, 1762F (February), 1763, 1764, 1765, 1768, 1769, 1775, 1778A (April), 1778D (December), 1781, 1782, 1784, 1785, 1786

  Also spelt BIRCHMORE, Byrchmore
1785 George BURCHMORE Flamstead Yeoman  
1786 George BURCHMORE Flamstead Yeoman  
1786 George BURCHMORE Flamstead Shepherd One Eye
1758? Thomas BURCHMORE Flamstead Farmer  
1759 Thomas BURCHMORE Flamstead Farmer  
1760 Thomas BURCHMORE Flamstead Farmer  
1761 Thomas BURCHMORE Flamstead Farmer  
1762F Thomas BURCHMORE Flamstead Farmer Surveyor
1768 Thomas BURCHMORE Flamstead Farmer 4 Children
1769 Thomas BURCHMORE Flamstead Farmer 4 Children
1775 Thomas BURCHMORE Flamstead Farmer 5 Children
1778D Thomas BURCHMORE Flamstead    
1784 Thomas BURCHMORE Flamstead Farmer  
1785 Thomas BURCHMORE Flamstead Yeoman  
1786 Thomas BURCHMORE Flamstead Yeoman  
1758? William BURCHMORE Flamstead Labourer  
1759 William BURCHMORE Flamstead Labourer  
1760 William BURCHMORE Flamstead Labourer  
1763 William BURCHMORE Flamstead Servant  
1764 William BURCHMORE Flamstead Servant  
1765 William BURCHMORE Flamstead Servant  
1768 William BURCHMORE Flamstead Servant  
1781 Thomas BURCHMORE JR Flamstead    

Example 2: Search for Occupation - Brickmaker

A text search for "Brickmaker" showed that there were 39 documents (parishes) with 276 entries. The parishes were Aldenham, Baldock, Barkway, Chipping Barnet, Broxbourne, Bishops Stortford, Bushey, Cheshunt, Essendon, Great Gaddesden, Harpenden, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, Kings Walden, Layton, Little Amwell, Little Hadham, North Mymms, Northaw, Offley, Rickmansworth, Ridge, St Albans (Fishpool Ward & St Peter's Ward), Shenley, St Paul's Walden, Stanstead Abbots, Standon, Stevenage, Tring, Walkern, Watford, Welwyn, Weston, Wheathampstead, Wigginton. For each parish it is possible to look at the relevant entry.

It is important to look for variants - for instance a search for "Brick Maker" fins additional entries for Ware (surnames Hitch, Hobbs, Osborn, Smith & Want) and Pirton.

Example 3: Surname Variations

There is a very useful index of surname variations. Following up cross-references the variations listed for BURCHMORE are Birchmoor, Birchmore, Bortchmore, Burchmer, Burchmoar, Burchmore, Burchmors, Burtchmore, Byrchmore. A locations list shows entries entered under Burchmore for Abbots Langley, Flamstead, Harpenden, Kensworth, Offley, St Albans (Fishpool), St Peters (Sleap & Smallford).

Example 4: Parish Maps

There are excellent maps of each parish, based on Dury and Andrew's map of 1766, with a key of the main locations. The example here shows Redbourn, which shows the main farms and hamlets.

Other Examples


Paper Makers of Hemel Hempstead

NASH (Blacksmiths), West Hertfordshire, from 1750

See Also Militia Lists

This CD is available from the Hertfordshire Family History Society

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