Wednesday 11 April 2012

Kerry burials and Dorset crew lists

Ancestry ( has two new collections that might be of interest locally.

The first is County Kerry, Ireland, Burial Index 1898-2010. The database, located at, is sourced from Kerry Local Authorities website at, where you will also find scans of the original registers free of charge. The Ancestry site also links to the images, in what I think might be the first time a collection has been linked to a dataset not hosted on the Ancestry platform (though open to correction on that!).

Secondly, Dorset, England, Crew Lists, 1863-1914, are now available at This database is sourced from Dorset History centre in Dorchester. From the site:

"Crew lists and agreements for British-registered merchant ships had their beginnings in 1835 with the Merchant Shipping Act. Crew lists were required twice a year from ships involved in “home trade,” meaning the vessels operated in British waters. Agreements were created for foreign-going vessels for each voyage. Log books were not required until 1850 and became more common in the 20th century.

What You May Find in the Records

This database contains all three record types—lists, agreements, and log books—each of which lists details about crew members and their service onboard. Port information can be searched through the Lived In field. Typically, the records will include the following information:
  • name
  • age
  • birthplace
  • birth year
  • nationality
  • date signed on and off the ship
  • ship name, port, registry date, master’s name

"Records may also include details about a sailor’s duties, disciplinary action, or ship served on prior to the present vessel. Some forms also distinguish apprentices on board or provide details on individuals who died during the voyage. The year range of these records includes the Boer War."


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