On the lookout for 17th century records to help with your research? The MarineLives project is a collaborative project that digitises, transcribes and annotates the manuscript records of the English High Court of Admiralty. The original records, from the 1650s and 1660s, are held at The National Archives in Kew.
The archive gives a fascinating insight into the lives of individual seamen of that era, with numerous witness statements about cases in which they were involved. The complete set of digital images of this archive is now available online together with transcriptions of the first 86 folios.
In the last three years, project volunteers have transcribed over 3 million words and 6000 pages. The project is seeking people to help with transcription and offers volunteers a high degree of support. You can find out more about what is involved in being a volunteer in Roger Towner's blog. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact MarineLives through their website.
FFHS Archives Liaison
23 July 2015