22 February 2014

Ancestry adds Seafarers of the Atlantic Provinces database

The new Canada, Seafarers of the Atlantic Provinces, 1860-1899 database from Ancestry comprises 282,032 records. The source is Index of Surnames from the Ships and Seafarers of Atlantic Canada. CD-ROM. Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

This index-only collection, containing records of crew members, masters, and ship owners for vessels registered in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island is fully searchable by name, and other particulars.

The records include birth and residence, rank, voyage departure and arrival places and dates, vessel name and registration, and even wages and deaths at sea.

Records for the following ports are included:

Miramichi, New Brunswick (1828–1914)
Richibucto, New Brunswick (1880–1914)
Saint John, New Brunswick (1820–1914)
St. John’s, Newfoundland (1820–1936)
Halifax, Nova Scotia (1812–1889)
Sydney, Nova Scotia (1820–1914)
Pictou, Nova Scotia (1820–1914)
Windsor, Nova Scotia (1849–1914)
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (1840–1914)
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (1787–1914)

Those included are not just from Atlantic Canada, a wide variety of birthplaces are given:

Canada 40,790; England 32,686; USA 19,583; Ireland 13,769; Sweden 12,906; Scotland 12,352; Germany 11,517; Norway 10,915; Finland 5,572; France 3,837; Denmark 3,621; Netherlands 3,116; Wales 2,882; Russia 1,337 - that's along with many with no birth information given.

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