Tracing Your Seafaring Ancestors

A Guide to Maritime Photographs for Family Historians

Simon Wills

* A comprehensive guide to interpreting photographs of seafaring ancestors from 1850 to 1950.

* Covers men and women in the merchant navy, the Royal Navy, ocean liner crews, fishermen, lifeboats and the whole range of maritime services

* Helps you identify your ancestor's role at sea

* Explains ranks and medals

* Provides tips for investigating
Date Published :
March 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Tracing your Ancestors
Illustration :
illustrated
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781473834330
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
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$24.95

Overview
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Photographs of your seafaring ancestors may tell you more about their lives than you realize, and Simon Wills’s helpful and practical guide shows you how to identify and interpret the evidence caught on camera. Since maritime roles have been so vital to Britain’s prosperity and military might, they are among the commonest professions depicted in photographs of our ancestors, and his handbook is the ideal introduction to them.
Maybe your ancestor was a seaman in the Royal Navy, a ship’s captain, a steward on an ocean liner, or an officer in the naval reserves? This book shows you how to spot photographic clues to an individual’s career. Whether your ancestor served in the merchant navy or the Royal Navy or in another seagoing role such as a fisherman, a lifeboatman, or even a ship’s passenger, Simon Wills’s book will be your guide.

About The Author
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Simon Wills is a history journalist and genealogist who writes regularly for magazines such as _Family Tree_ and _Discover your Ancestors_. He advises and has appeared in the TV programme Who Do You Think You Are? and contributes to the magazine of the same name. Simon gives history presentations and interviews at national and local events all around the UK for organisations such as The National Archives, Chalke Valley History Festival, National Trust, and the BBC. He is also a dedicated wildlife and nature photographer, and all the photographs in this book were taken by him.

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