Indexes of General Register Office overseas records (1761-2005)
Search the indexes of General Register Office overseas records on findmypast (£). The related certificates can be obtained from the General Register Office.
Births, marriages and deaths at sea on British registered ships (1854-1891)
Search digitised images from registers of births, marriages and deaths at sea on British registered ships (BT 158, BT 159 and BT 160) on The Genealogist (£).
There was no obligation to keep records of births, marriages or deaths at sea before the mid-19th century.
Births, marriages and deaths on Royal Navy and merchant ships (1794-1972)
Search the registers of maritime births (1854-1960), marriages (1854-1972) and deaths (1781-1968) on findmypast (£), drawn from ten different record series (ADM 80/4-12, ADM 183/114-120, ADM 184/43-54, ADM 242/1-15, BT 153/1-22, BT 156/1-4, BT 157/1-9, BT 334/1-117, CO 386/170-172 and CUST 67/74). For some years within the ranges detailed above there are no records at all – use our catalogue to view descriptions of the ADM, BT, CO and CUST references listed for the precise breakdown of dates.
No merchant ship has ever been approved for marriages, although from 1854 any which took place had to be reported in the ship’s log. Any marriage which took place on board a merchant vessel was not legally valid.
Foreign registers and returns (1627-1960)
Search foreign birth, marriage and death registers (RG 32-RG 36) and download records on The Genealogist (£). Note the ‘advanced search’ option and ‘RG books’ tab which might be helpful.
The same registers are available on Ancestry (£) and can be browsed by The National Archives series (or class) and piece number or description.