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Naval Genealogical Sources

TRACING NAVAL OFFICERS FOR FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH

The following are a variety of sources that can be used for tracing relatives by surname who were naval officers.

Please note that all those listed are secondary sources. For primary sources of personnel records for both officers and ratings, please consult our Useful sources page

Items marked * are available on open access in the Reading Room.

PERSONNEL LISTS

•  Navy lists: 1797-current edition*

•  Sea Officers lists: 1807-1846

COLLECTIVE BIOGRAPHIES: NAVAL

• Campbell, John - Lives of the British Admirals. 8 vols. 1817*

• Charnock, John - Biographia Navalis 6 vols. 1798 (coverage of naval personnel from 1600) (index in each volume – special cumulative index available) *

• Marshall, John - Royal Naval Biography 12 vols. 1823-1830 (coverage from 1760-1820) (with index)*

• O’Byrne, William - Naval Biography 2 vols. (reprint) Originally published 1848 (coverage 1800-1861 of naval officers still living in 1845)*

• Ralfe, J - Naval Biography of Great Britain 4 vols. (coverage of naval personnel during the reign of George III 1760-1820)*

• Syrett, David & Di Nardo R L -  Commissioned Sea Officers 1660-1815*

COLLECTIVE BIOGRAPHIES: GENERAL

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

JOURNALS

Gentleman’s Magazine 1731-1865 (index in each volume)

London Gazettes  1776-1986

Naval Chronicle 1799-1818 (with index)*

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The information contained in this information sheet is correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the library for a bibliography of further reading materials, if available