Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Looking for records of a merchant seaman serving between 1858 and 1917

This is a brief guide to researching records of merchant seamenseafarers on merchant vessels – ships that transport cargo or passengers serving between 1858 and 1917. It is very difficult to find information about a particular merchant seaman between those dates. This is because registration of seamen stopped between 1857 and 1913, and the entries for 1913 to 1917 have not survived. If you know the name of the ship you might be able to find the person on a crew listlist of crew members filed by ship’s master with the Registrar General of Shipping. for more click here

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