TheGenealogist has launched a new resource for those with sea going ancestors.
It gives details of over 439,000 Royal Navy and Merchant Seamen records which are searchable by name, rank, age and ship. The full crew list can be displayed for any of the ships. Covering the years 1851-1911, these include lists and agreements for those involved in merchant shipping and ship crews for those at home ports, sea and abroad.
Details given may include age, place of birth, rank and ticket number, previous and current ships with ports of registration, dates and places of joining and leaving, reason for leaving. The records are from a variety of sources which include BT98 and specialist county and non-county census records.
Nigel Bayley Managing Director of TheGenealogist comments “This is a great resource for locating your seafaring ancestors, finding out on which ships they served on, what their rank was and who they served with. We will continue to grow this set with a wide range of material.”
The new record set can be found under occupational records under Ship Crew Lists for those with a Diamond subscription. Other linked records of interest are the large collection of Navy Lists under Military rolls and lists on TheGenealogist.