Column: Online Database for Lloyd’s Register of Ships

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

TitleColumn: Online Database for Lloyd’s Register of Ships

Snippet: The oceans were the highways for our ancestors. The majority of them arrived in North American by ship. The goal for many genealogists is to locate the vessel that carried their ancestors here. Sometimes this is an easy task. Other times it’s a mystery that is never solved.

The Internet has greatly increased the success rate of finding ships, as well as adding pertinent information, such as dates and ports of departure and arrival. The Lloyd’s Register of Ships is one of those resources created over the centuries that now aids researchers, both genealogists and historians.

The Registers were published from 1764 to 1766, from 1768 to 1771 and then annually since 1775. They recorded details of merchant vessels that sailed across the globe. Initially, only vessels classed by Lloyd’s Register were recorded. By the 1870s, all merchant vessels over one hundred gross tonnes, which were self-propelled and sea-going were listed. The classification was not taken into consideration.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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