How to look for records of... Merchant seamen serving up to 1857
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to researching records of merchant seamen serving before 1857. Many records of merchant seamen survive for the period from 1835 to 1857, and you can search some of them by name at The National Archives using contemporary indexes.
What do I need to know before I start?
What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
What other resources will help me find information?