Navigating the ‘Memoires Des Hommes” Military Enlistments: 1682-1793

You’ve just entered a browsable French military database that will probably leave you somewhat bewildered. At least, it did me. It took some time to figure out how to navigate Memoires des Hommes of l’Ancien Régime registres marticules, the pre-Revolutionary army documents. Just like today, they were separated into artillery, cavalry, dragons, infantry et al and each with their divisions, units and regimental squads.

What you could find in the enlistments, are birth dates, enrollment date, place of birth, names of parents, rank, physical features, names of regiment, what battles they fought, and if the soldier died, was wounded or deserted.

Let’s start with the opening page, You will see on the upper left side, there are 3749 results. This includes everything, the list here shows pages after pages and more pages starting with Infanterie with their years recorded and attached to their Regions. On the right side are the filters.

You will see list of infantries with their regions and the years associated with that repository. Let’s click on the ‘eye’ image next to “Régiment d’infanterie d’Agenois” 1705-1719

You will be shown the table of Campaigns on page 2. This is important to know the places where the infantry men were stationed at

Go to page 3, you’ll find the record of soldier’s names and names they went by of, place of birth, and date of enrollment, physical description and if that person died during the Campaigns

Navigating the Memoires des Hommes, Using the Filters –>

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