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Record Description

This collection will include records from 1787 to 1933.

The collection consists of Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths taken from various collections. The images are an index linking to Find My Past. Localities included are:

  • England
  • Channel Islands
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933. Images courtesy of Find My Past.

Record Content

These birth records generally contain the following information:

  • Folio number
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Date of birth
  • Name and gender of child
  • Note stating stillborn or live birth
  • Name of ship and its official number
  • Date of receipt of record

These marriage records generally contain the following information:

  • Folio number
  • Date of marriage
  • Names and ages of groom and bride
  • Groom's rank, marital status and occupation
  • Marital status of bride
  • Name of groom's father and his occupation
  • Name of bride's father and his occupation
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of chaplain or person on board who performed ceremony
  • Name of ship and its official number
  • Date of receipt of record

These death records generally contain the following information:

  • Folio number
  • Name, gender and age of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Cause of death
  • Name of ship and its official number
  • Date of receipt of record

How to Use the Record

To begin your search in the birth records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Names of parents
  • Fathers occupation
  • Residence

To begin your search in the marriage records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Names of the bride or groom
  • Year of birth

To begin your search in the death records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Year of birth
  • Place of birth

Searching the Collection

To search the index:

Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Since the information is brief it is easy to confuse individuals.

When you have found your ancestor, the image on the record will have a link to the Find My Past website. This will take you to the partner site which hosts the images. Fees may apply to view the image.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

For example:

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • If you are unable to Find Your Ancestor check for variant spellings of the names.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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