Lancashire Archives, Bow Lane, Preston, PR1 2RE
Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society in partnership with Lancashire Archives has been awarded local project funding by the Federation of Family History Societies.
Under the supervision of an archive support officer, volunteers will create a name index to two important series of Lancashire Crew Lists held at Lancashire Archives. These cover the period 1863 – 1914 and contain about 82,000 entries, which give details of the crew members of ships registered in Lancashire – at the ports of Preston, Fleetwood and Lancaster. Seamen from across the United Kingdom, and beyond, are recorded in these records. Many will have escaped the census enumerator and it is an exciting opportunity to unlock a valuable new source for family historians
Training for this volunteer role is essential and a 2-hour induction session will be held on Tuesday 7 February 2017 starting at 10.00am.
The session will include an introduction to the project, a discussion about the information contained within the crew lists, guidance on how to approach the indexing, and information on the reference resources which will be made available to volunteers. There will also be a document handling session led by one of the archive's conservators. The training will conclude with an opportunity for volunteers to carry out some indexing and to ask questions about the project.
To take part in the project please email the Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society project officer, Tony Foster on firstname.lastname@example.org or come to the training session to find out more.