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New at UK Nat'l Archives - born, married, died while at sea

PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:18 pm
by bimjim
New at UK National Archives

Do you have UK ancestors that you think may have been born, married, or died while at sea? If so, you will be interested in newly scanned BMD records produced by the UK National Archives, together with partner http://www.BMDregisters.co.uk. Previously available only on microfilm at the National Archives you are now able to search . for over 150,000 individuals who were passengers at sea between 1854 and 1908. I would encourage anyone accessing this site to take advantage of the Guide to BMD Registers. This handy guide gives brief explanations on what types of records are held in each Register, i.e. RG4 through RG8, RG32 through RG36, and BT Series. First time users of these Registers may find the information located here useful as well.

In addition to the above, you may also search passenger lists from 1890 to 1960 at http://www.ancestorsonboard.com to find if your ancestor went to sea . Lists available here include the names of immigrants, emigrants, businessmen, diplomats and tourists and can be searched by name, destination, port of departure and ship name.

Searching for ancestors who have served in the military is not always the easiest thing to do. For those who have ancestors that served in the Royal Navy you can now search and download over 600,000 service records for most ratings who joined between 1853 and 1923. These records are found in the Registers of Seamen's Services (ADM 188 - 1873 to 1923) and the Continuous Service Engagement Books (ADM 139 - 1853 to 1872). For service up to 1928 these records can tell you about your ancestor's birth, physical appearance, occupation, and on which ship they served.

Visit the UK National Archives - Documents On Line web page http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/default.asp to start your search through these databases and others records.