Militia Lists and Musters, 1757-1876: A Directory of Holdings in the British Isles. Fourth Edition; by Jeremy Gibson and Mervyn Medlycott; Paper; 48pp; Published: 2001; ISBN: 9780806316765; Item # GPC2189.
By law, a certain number of militiamen had to be recruited from among the able-bodied men in each parish. Thus, lists of all those eligible had to be drawn up by the parish constable, and where these survive (between 1757 and 1831) they constitute a veritable census. Along with the "Defense Lists"--the Posse Comitatus of 1798 and theLevee en Masse of 1803-04--and muster rolls of various militia regiments and local forces, these militia lists (in theory) are almost a complete census of the male population. Militias were generally raised on a county basis, and most of these voluminous records are found today in the various county record offices. This new work is a guide to the location of all such records in the county record offices throughout Britain.