Online British Seamen-s Wills, 1786-1882Edit This Page

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The National Archives (TNA) Web site has posted acollection of approximately 35,000 wills of Royal Navy seamen, 1786-1882. The original wills are cataloged as record series ADM 48. Use this site to search for a will of an ancestor who served in the navy.



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    Date of will
    Ship's Pay Book number
    TNA catalogue number

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