United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933
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Record Description
Record Type Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths
Collection years 1787-1933
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The National Archives

What is in This Collection?

This collection includes 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

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth records

  • Names of parents
  • Date of birth
  • Gender of child
  • Name of child
  • Note stating stillborn or live birth
  • Name of ship and its official number
  • Date of receipt of record

Marriage records

  • Names of bride and groom
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Groom's place of birth
  • Date of marriage
  • 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

Death records

  • Name of deceased
  • Gender of deceased
  • Age at death
  • Cause of death
  • Date of death
  • Name of ship and its official number
  • Date of receipt of record

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • The approximate date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date. When you have found the year of birth on a marriage or death record, you can search in the England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 collection
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • 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

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and England

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933" Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "Maritime Births 1854-1960," "Maritime Deaths 1853-1972," "Maritime Marriages 1854-1972." Database with images. findmypast. http://www.findmypast.com: n.d. Citing The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
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