Great news for those with maritime ancestors, Ancestry.co.uk has added another dataset to their Occupations Collection, this time it is Masters & Mates certificates 1850 – 1927. As England is an island nation I am sure that most of us have some ancestral connection to the sea and these records will help fill in the details of our families lives.
The certificates may vary slightly, but generally they contain the date of the certificate (they were also know as tickets), the mariners name, where and when they were born, how many years in the merchant navy, which type of experience they had e.g. coasting and lastly the mariners signature. All great family history information.