SHIPS’ DE­SCRIP­TION BOOKS

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - EXPERT TIPS -

“Ser­vice records for Royal Marines are in ADM 159 and cover the pe­riod 1842-1936. They are on­line and will prob­a­bly in­clude a place of birth and next of kin. If a search pro­duces noth­ing it prob­a­bly means that the ma­rine had left the ser­vice be­fore 1884 (records only started then, with ret­ro­spec­tive record­ing for those still serv­ing). To over­come this brick wall con­sult Ships’ De­scrip­tion Books (ADM 38) if a ship is known, or the Royal Marines De­pot De­scrip­tion Books (ADM 158) if his di­vi­sion is known. Both will pro­vide a date and a place of birth and a clue to fur­ther re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

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