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4114Tease Out Trafalgar Ancestors

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  • Gordon Lane
    Jul 7, 2005
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      The National Archives of Britain has posted a database of all who fought for
      His Majesty in the Battle of Trafalgar-the 1805 victory over France and
      Spain that thwarted Napoleon's plans to invade Britain.

      The database at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/trafalgarancestors lists
      names of the 18,000-plus men who served in Viscount Horatio Nelson's Royal
      Navy fleet, and in some cases, their service histories and biographical
      details. (Those details are still being added.) You can search by surname,
      or do an advanced search by first name, age, birthplace, ship's name, rating
      and rank.
      According to the archives, Britain's Royal Navy employed about 110,000
      individuals in 1805-that means if your ancestor served at the time, there's
      roughly a one-in-six chance he was in the Battle of Trafalgar. The
      information in the database comes from ships' musters, certificates of
      service, biographies, applications to enter Greenwich Hospital, and
      officers' examination passing certificates and responses to an 1817 survey.


      Gordon Lane
      Alberta Family Histories Society
      712-16th Ave NW,
      Calgary, AB, T2W 0J8