Merchant Navy Workshop

Interested in what your seaman ancestor was eating, how much he earned, who he was sending money home to or where he lived? These and many other questions will be answered in this workshop. Attendees will discover what records are available and how and where to find them. The workshop will also look at the Seaman’s Certificate of Continuous Discharge, Crew Lists, Ship’s Logs, Lloyds Register of Shipping, Ship’s Movement cards, and some online resources for finding more information. 

Ticket price includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Places limited, pre-booking required.

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Non-members £10

For non-members of Berkshire Family History Society and members' guests

Available Tickets: 14
The Non-members ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Members £9

For members of Berkshire Family History Society

Available Tickets: 14
The Members ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


20 Jun 2020


12:30 - 14:30


The Centre for Heritage & Family History


The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ


  • Tony Wright

    Tony is a veteran family historian with a special interest in the history and records of the merchant navy. This interest was initially sparked by his uncle, himself a merchant seaman, and when tracing his career, Tony became increasingly interested in the types of records available and where they could be found.

    Tony’s expertise in computer software programmes and datasets has also led him to becoming the society’s Database Manager. He has worked on the county-wide CDs Berkshire Baptisms, Berkshire Marriages, Berkshire Burials, Berkshire Probate, Berkshire War Memorials, and Berkshire and the War.

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Berkshire Family History Society works to meet the needs of those researching their ancestry across the UK and overseas – as well as those looking for former relatives in historic Berkshire.  You do not need to be a member to benefit.

The society offers:

  • Research Zone in central Reading that is free to use and open to all

  • Free access at The Centre for Heritage and Family History to online resources like FindMyPast, the 1939 Register, The Genealogist, the British Newspaper Archive and Ancestry (the worldwide edition)

  • Regular free help and advice sessions

  • Meetings in Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley — open to everyone

  • Online discussion list for members  informed answers to research queries and advice from experienced researchers

  • Members’ Area with data and other information not readily accessible elsewhere

  • Indexes and transcriptions of Berkshire’s historic records on CD — parish registers, probate documents, monumental inscriptions, maps, First World War history and more

  • Quarterly magazine, the Berkshire Family Historian, for members

  • a chance to join in project work, recording, transcribing and helping to preserve records

  • Links to the research experience, advice and support of members worldwide

  • Opportunities to volunteer and so help others with their family history