Useful links to other archive and maritime websites

UK/local archives websites

  • The National Archives - UK government and national records based at Kew near London
  • The National Archives 'Access to Archives' database - with catalogues from archives across the UK
  • Merchant Seamen Prisoner of War Records (First World War) - an index of c 3,000 names taken from 'List of Merchant Seamen and Fishermen detained as Prisoners of War in Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey, Board of Trade Printed List 31st May 1918' printed by the Board of Trade. This is a privately researched index of an original document reference MT9/1238 held at The National Archives. Searchable by surname or name of ship.
  • Find My Past - a new website launched by the National Archives with millions of records online. Anyone researching their UK ancestry and family tree can search census records and trace births, marriages and deaths. UK passenger departure lists 1890 to 1960 are being added to the site, currently 1890-1929 are available. The Indexes are available free but you need to buy credits to view the results.
  • Mersey Gateway project - a showcase of information and archives held across Merseyside on the history of the port of Liverpool
  • Port Cities - including Liverpool as well as Hartlepool, Bristol, Southampton and London
  • Moving Here - stories, information and photographs covering 200 years of migration to the UK
  • Family Records - a site run by the National Archives, which is a guide for family historians to relevant sites to help with their research.
  • Scottish Archives Network - contains digital images of archives, including The Highlands and Islands Emigration Society's passenger lists, 1852-1857
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • National Statistics Office - home of the official UK statistics and link to the General Register Office of births, marriages and deaths
  • University of Liverpool - special collections and archives - holds the Cunard Steam Ship Co archives (management, publicity, etc)
  • Southampton City Archives - information on merchant seamen ancestors, the history of the port including Cunard Line and port of departure of RMS Titanic
  • Liverpool Record Office - local government archives from 1207, parish records, census returns, local business and family records.

Maritime history websites

Websites of archives elsewhere

Special interest sites


  • Take the emigration challenge - an interactive voyage on the kids' website, based on National Museums Liverpool's archive material
  • Ellis Island passenger arrival records - a database of over 20 million people arrived here at the gateway to America between 1892-1924
  • - offers free access to a database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through to 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 73 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.


Further links to websites related to the slave trade can be see on the International Slavery Museum website.