Pen and Sword Books: Tracing Your Naval Ancestors by Simon Fowler

Tracing Your Naval Ancestors
Tracing Your Naval Ancestors (9 reviews)
by Simon Fowler
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Found in: Family History Books
224 pages
ISBN: 9781848846258
Published: 2 November 2011
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This concise guide to naval history and naval records is essential reading and reference for anyone researching the fascinating story of Britain’s Navy and the men and women who served in it. Whether you are interested in the career of an individual seaman, finding out about a medal winner or just want to know more about a particular ship, campaign or operation, this book will point you in the right direction.
Simon Fowler assumes the reader has little prior knowledge of the Navy and its history. His book shows you how to trace an officer, petty officer or rating from the seventeenth century up to the 1960s using records at the National Archives and elsewhere.
The book also covers the specialist and auxiliary services associated with the Navy – among them the Royal Marines, the Fleet Air Arm, the naval dockyards, the WRNS and the Fleet Auxiliary. In each section he explains which records survive, where they can be found and how they can be used for research. He also recommends resources available online as well as books and memoirs.
His handbook is a valuable research tool for anyone who is keen to find out about the career of an ancestor who served in the Royal Navy or was connected with it. Simon Fowler is a leading authority on military and family history and a prolific writer on these subjects. He once edited the National Archives' family history magazine Ancestors. For nearly 20 years he was an archivist at the Public Record Office (now The National Archives). As well as publishing many articles in magazines and journals, he has written several well-known books on military and family history, including: Tracing Your Army Ancestors, A Guide to Military History
on the Internet and Tracing Your Ancestors. He is also a professional researcher – find out more at
Product Reviews
This softback gives guidance on tracing Naval Ancestors from the 1600s to the 1960s using records at the National Archives and elsewhere. It covers Officers, Petty Officers and Ratings. Apart from the Royal Navy it... [read full review]
Bristol and Avon FHS
This softback gives guidance on tracing Naval Ancestors from the 1600's to the 1960's
Bristol + Avon FHS Journal
Prolific genealogy writer Simon Fowler here turns his expert eye to exploring naval history and tracing naval records. It forms a comprehensive guide to researching men and women in the naval forces as well as... [read full review]
Your Family Tree, July 2012
Another in the “Tracing Your…” series, this time tacking a topic of naval ancestors, whose records are completely different from those of men in the Army or Air Force. Fortunately the Navy was just a... [read full review]
West Middlesex Family History Society
This is a concise and practical guide to anyone researching Britain’s naval force from the seventeenth century up until the 1960s and who is keep to research the career of an ancestor who served in... [read full review]
Root & Branch WSFHS March 2012
This book will be of especial help to those who had an ancestor in the Royal Navy or were connected with it. Fowler provides information about how to trace an officer, petty officer or rating,... [read full review]
Journal of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society, March 2012
Anyone who has tried to research an ancestor in the Royal Navy will be aware of the myriad of confusing records to search. Simon Fowler, once an archivist at The national Archives, has brought these... [read full review]
Federation of Family History Societies
If you have an ancestors who served in either Royal Navy or its affiliated services then this book is likely to be of exceptional use to you… This volume provides an excellent guide for researching... [read full review]
Military Archive Research, Dec 2011
Primarily aimed at new researchers hoping to learn more about their Naval Ancestry, it’s full of websites and ideas for further reading and provides a really useful guide on how to get the most from... [read full review]
Who Do You Think You Are Magazine, Christmas 2011
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