Titanic Historical Society

clip_image002I recall seeing in a museum in Southampton a photograph of the children of the city who had been orphaned by the sinking of the Titanic. I am sure that this photograph will be prominent in the new SeaCity Museum which opens on 10th April.

There will be a number of family historians who find that family members have a Titanic connection whether it be victims or survivors. A good website to begin background research is the oldest Titanic Society, The Titanic Historical Society Inc.

Also the bookshops are full of books, I’d be interested to hear from readers which books they have bought and what they thought of them.




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Royal Navy Museum

If you have ancestors who were members of the Royal Navy, whatever their rank – low or high – there is sure to be some great background information on this web site. You might even be tempted to visit the museum and use their archives whilst the family take a tour of HMS Victory and browse in the museum and shop.




Navy Medical Journals


clip_image002Ancestry.co.uk has put another dataset online, this time it is Royal Navy Medical Journals & Surgeon Superintendents Journals. So if you have ancestors with salt water in their veins this might be just the sort of records that could help in your research.

Ancestry has this to say about the material on offer……

A variety of people travelled the seas in the 19th century, from experienced sailors to convicts. Our latest two record collections shed light on the experiences of all these groups after they left shore.
Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857, and Surgeon Superintendents’ Journals of Convict Ships, 1858–1867, are both sets of diaries kept by ships’ medical officers. They reveal everything from serious diseases to grog-related accidents — along with accounts of how each was treated at the time. You can search for patients by name, but even if your relatives weren’t among the sick, the records provide a rare insight into life at sea.



National Maritime Musuem archives

The Sammy Ofer Wing at the Nationalclip_image002 Maritime Museum is now open. The archives contains 100,000 books and a wider range of manuscripts. Of particular interest to family historians are the crew lists & master’s certificates.

Based in Greenwich it is easy to access via public transport or by car. Well worth a visit especially if you have maritime ancestors.


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Royal Navy Officers Medal Rolls 1914–1 1920

Find My Past have just published a new set of military records Royal Navy Officers Medal Roll 1914-1920.  

Below is further information about these records and the valuable details about your ancestors you could discover.

Royal Navy Officers Medal Roll 1914-1920

These records comprise a transcript of the complete WWI Campaign Medal Rolls to 53,000 officers of all branches of the Royal Navy.

Added to the transcript are service details for a large number of officers, particularly those killed in action or died of wounds during WWI. In many cases, post-war deaths and WWII deaths are noted.

The medals that the rolls cover are: The 1914 Star, the Clasp to the 1914 Star, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

These records can add vivid detail to your family tree – below is an example. Note the especially comprehensive cause of death:

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