Discover new naval records this Findmypast Friday

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By Niall Cullen | May 31, 2024

If there are marines, naval officers or coastguards in your family's past, this week's record releases are worth a look.

This week, explore a brand new collection of 19th and 20th-century coastguard records in addition to updated Navy, Marines and Women's Navy officer files. There's also a brand new newspaper title for you to discover. Read on for all the details on our latest releases.

Coastguards 1801-1952

If your ancestor worked as a coastguard between 1801 and 1952, their name may appear within this new set's 212,426 images and transcripts.

English coastguards at sea, 1940

Coastguards help a small boat in trouble off the west coast of England, 10 February 1940. View in full in the Findmypast Photo Collection.

This collection is published in association with The National Archives and includes establishment books, service records and more. It provides a unique glimpse into the lives and careers of those who kept Britain's shores safe.

British Royal Navy and Royal Marines Service and Pension Records 1704-1939

We've added 101,555 transcriptions to this existing collection, which spans over 250 years of British history.

The Royal Navy in World War 1

Explore: 7 must-read books to discover the Royal Navy in the First World War

These latest arrivals comprise series ADM 139 from The National Archives, service records dating from 1853-1872.

Women's Royal Naval Service Officer Records

With images for 59,448 Women's Royal Naval Service Officer records added to existing transcripts, it's now easier to make exciting naval discoveries about your female forebears. 

We've added digitised images of the original National Archives records to series ADM 318 (officer files) and ADM 321 (appointments, promotions and resignations). Both collections cover the period between 1917 and 1919.

New newspaper pages from Belfast to Bexhill

We've released a brand new Scottish newspaper to our collection this week and updated 26 existing publications, with a total of 441,915 pages added. Explore the full release list below.

New titles

Updated titles

To focus your research on any particular newspaper title, visit our search page where you can select the publication and timeframe you're interested in.

As the only family history website with weekly new releases, a Findmypast subscription continually grows in value. If you missed last week's new releases, you can catch up here or check out all previous Findmypast Fridays on our What's New page.

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