Records reveal Royal Navy claims

By Jon Bauckham, 2 May 2013 - 4:02pm

Genealogists could uncover new information about their seafaring kin and their families thanks to the release of thousands of Royal Navy records on the web
 

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The collection also features civilian employees of the Royal Navy and Naval Dockyards © Bridgeman

The National Archives (TNA) has made thousands of naval records available to search and download via its online catalogue.

Spanning the period 1830-60, the new release comprises applications for the unpaid wages and pensions of deceased Royal Navy and Royal Marines officers.

The documents can reveal vital details about each individual’s date of death and the value of his effects, as well as information regarding rank, address and the name of the claimant.

In many cases, the person pursuing the claim was the serviceman’s next of kin, who would support their application by attaching marriage certificates and wills – many of which are also included in the collection.

Basic descriptions of each record are free to access, but there is a small charge for downloading scans of the original documents, currently held at TNA in Kew.

To explore the collection, visit discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk and enter the series reference ADM 45 in the search box. A full guide to using the Discovery service can be found by clicking here.

Launched in 2012, Discovery has now completely replaced the original TNA Catalogue, which was switched off on Monday 29 April.

 

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