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BT Series - Registry of Shipping and Seamen, 1854-1908:

BT158 Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages of Passengers at Sea. Covering dates 1854-1908.

BT159 Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Registers of Deaths at Sea of British Nationals. Covering dates 1875-1888

BT160 Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Registers of Births at Sea of British Nationals. Covering dates 1875-1891

Scope and content

These are registers compiled from ships' official logs of births, deaths and marriages of passengers at sea by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen (RGSS) and its predecessor.

From 1874, the RGSS was required to report births and deaths at sea, aboard all ships registered in Britain or its colonies and on foreign-registered ships carrying passengers to or from the UK, to the Registrars General of England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland (the General Register Offices). The name of this series is misleading as it includes events related to persons of any nationality, not just British nationals. It should also cover events on foreign-registered passenger ships travelling to or from a UK port, but there is little evidence of this in the registers themselves.

There are separate volumes for England, Scotland and Ireland corresponding to the GRO to whom the details were to be reported. The registers for Scotland and Ireland contain details where the deceased was a ‘Scotch or Irish subject of Her Majesty’. The registers for England include all events not reported to the GROs for Scotland and Ireland and thus contain entries for foreign nationals as well as those for English and Welsh subjects.


Getting Started

About the Registers

i. Getting Started
ii. The Hidden Records
iii. What records are available at the moment?
iv. Paleography (how to deal with difficult handwriting)
v. Advanced Features

i. About RG4
 

What is RG4?
Types of records

ii. About RG5

 

What is RG5?
Protestant Dissenters' Registry
Wesleyan Methodist Registers

iii.

About RG6

 

What is RG6?
Scope and Content
Administrative and Biographical Background

iv.

About RG7

 

What is RG7?
Scope and Content
Administrative and Biographical Background

v. About RG8
 

What is RG8?
Scope and Content
Details

vi. About RG32
 

What is RG32?
Scope and Content
Details

  vii. About RG33
   

What is RG33?
Scope and Content
Details

  viii. About RG34
   

What is RG34?
Scope and Content
Details

  ix. About RG36
   

What is RG36?
Scope and Content
Details

  x. About the BT Series
   

What is the BT Series?
Scope and Content
Details