These, along with many other records relating to Royal Navy and Merchant Navy seamen, are held at The National Archives. Some are available to download from the website ( discovery. nationalarchives.gov.uk), while others, including those that helped Vivienne, can be ordered online. If, like Vivienne, you have a puzzle that you think could be solved by studying the signature or handwriting of an ancestor,
Investigating an ancestor linked to a particular area? It’s worth contacting the local family history society. They have access to a lot of local records, finding aids and knowledge and are sure to be able to offer advice. Visit the Federation of Family History Societies website at ffhs.org.uk for more details.