Friday, 20 February 2015

Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services 1900-1928 on Ancestry

Ancestry ( has a fairly major release for those with Royal Naval ancestors, in the form of a new database entitled UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1900-1928, available at The records have been sourced from the Admiralty Records collection at the National Archives in England, catalogued under ADM 188.

From the site:

These registers record the service of seamen in the Royal Navy. Records include birthdate, birthplace, vessels served on, and dates of service. The registers include seamen who began their service beween 1900 and 1918, with dates of service up through 1928. Make sure to check the image of the original record, where you may also find occupation in service, physical description, reasons for discharge, and other personal details.

You can find details on the system used for assigning service numbers at TNA’s website (see


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