January 14, 2007
British Historic ship records go online
Thanks Andrés for the pointer:
"Details of more than 30 million people who emigrated from Britain by ship are being published on a new website.
Previously family history researchers would have had to make the journey to The National Archives in London to read the lists.
But now people will be able to access the information online from their home or local library.
Details of people who left Britain by sea between 1890 and 1960 will appear at www.ancestorsonboard.com.
Passengers on the Titanic, which sank in 1912, children from the Barnardo's and Quarriers' children's homes who were sent to the USA and Canada and Jewish migrants fleeing to South Africa from Russia are among those on the 1.5 million pages of lists.
The database includes records from the period of mass migration between 1890 and 1914 when around 131,000 people emigrated from Britain every year."
"The list includes departures from ports in England, Scotland and Wales as well as Irish ports before 1921 and ports in Northern Ireland after 1921. "