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“Look­ing for records of a Royal Ma­rine may seem ob­vi­ous – they are avail­able to search and down­load from The Na­tional Ar­chives web­site. But that is not the whole story and you could be over­look­ing the very best bits by not search­ing fur­ther. The records you can down­load are just one se­ries (ADM 159) which were cre­ated for all Marines serv­ing in the au­tumn of 1884 and who joined later. Go to the Dis­cov­ery cat­a­logue and search for your ma­rine by name in se­ries ADM 157. These records are not digi­tised, but you can or­der a copy from the cat­a­logue de­scrip­tion page. They cover the pe­riod 1790 to 1925 and con­tain a lot more in­for­ma­tion than the sin­gle sheet in ADM 159.”

JANET DEMPSEY Prin­ci­pal mar­itime records spe­cial­ist at The Na­tional Ar­chives

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