World Archives Project: Liverpool, United Kingdom, Crew Lists 1860-1919

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About this project This is a collection of crew lists held by the Liverpool Record Office for ships whose home port was registered as Liverpool, England. The lists contain information on ship voyages, crew members and apprentices. Many of the records are grouped together as agreement booklets or ship's logs.

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Keying Instructions

This is a collection of crew lists held by the Liverpool Record Office for ships whose home port was registered as Liverpool, England. The lists contain information on ship voyages, crew members and apprentices. Many of the records are grouped together as agreement booklets or ship's logs.

All names should be keyed from these registers except for ship masters, owners, and those receiving the registers. This includes lists of crew members, apprentices, children born on board the ship, their parents, and deceased seamen or other individuals. Each person should be keyed as a unique record.

There are several different types of records and registers that should be categorized as a crew list form type. Not all fields will be available on every different type of form. In these cases, simply key the fields that are available, and leave the ones not present empty.

There are a handful of foreign language documents in the collection, some of which contain vital records data. If you are able to either read, or decipher where the vital data is on these documents, then key the information. Otherwise, mark the image as Cover Page, Section Header, etc.

The records may use either age or birth year so you will need to be careful and refer to the column header on the record to ensure that you are entering the correct data in the proper field and if it is not present leave the fields empty. Note that this field will remain consistent on a single page, but may change within an agreement booklet or ship's log. Rather than only keying dates as seen, where possible key a four digit year. The expected year range is 1860-1919. Average age will be 14-50.

The records may also use either birthplace or nationality fields. Older records generally have a birthplace; however newer records were filled in with either a Birthplace, or a Nationality. You will need to determine on newer records if the entry is a birthplace or a nationality. For example, a birthplace would read "Dublin" or "Sweden." Nationality would read "Irish" or "Swedish." Key the correct field, and leave the other blank.

Do not key ditto marks or the abbreviation "do." Rather key the information from the previous record that is being dittoed.

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Ship Information
Crew List
Cover Page, Section Header, etc
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Ship Information

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Ship information pages consist primarily of the crew list cover pages and contain information regarding a ship and its voyage(s). The name of the ship, port of registry, and date are almost always present. They do not contain lists of names. Use this form type for any images that contain keyable information about the ship, but no listings of people.

Registry Day

The date of registry may be found at the top or bottom of the cover page. Key the date that appears after words such as "Received at" and followed by "by [Name] Shipping Master" or "Signed by [Name] Master, on the...[Date]." Key the day as seen.

If these form lines are blank, check for a stamped date somewhere on the page. If the form lines for the date are blank, key the year only from the stamped date.
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Registry Month

The date of registry may be found at the top or bottom of the crew list. Key the date that appears after words such as "Received at" and followed by "by [Name] Shipping Master" or "Signed by [Name] Master, on the...[Date]." Key the three letter abbreviation of the month, even if written numerically or in full on the record.

If these form lines are blank, check for a stamped date somewhere on the page. If the form lines for the date are blank, key the year only from the stamped date.
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Registry Year

The date of registry may be found at the top or bottom of the crew list. Key the date that appears after words such as "Received at" and followed by "by [Name] Shipping Master" or "Signed by [Name] Master, on the...[Date]." Key the year whenever possible as four digits. The expected year range is 1860-1919.

If these form lines are blank, check for a stamped date somewhere on the page. If the form lines for the date are blank, key the year only from the stamped date.
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Crew List

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There are a variety of forms and registers that fall into the crew list category. Any image which contains a list of people (crew members, apprentices, deceased seamen, etc.) should be classified as a crew list.

Registry Day

The date of registry may be found at the top or bottom of the crew list. Key the date that appears after words such as "Recevied at" and followed by "by [Name] Shipping Master."Key the day as seen.
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Registry Month

The date of registry may be found at the top or bottom of the crew list. Key the date that appears after words such as "Received at" and followed by "by [Name] Shipping Master." Key the three letter abbreviation of the month, even if written numerically or in full on the record.
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Registry Year

The date of registry may be found at the top or bottom of the crew list. Key the date that appears after words such as "Recevied at" and followed by "by [Name] Shipping Master." Key the year as a four digit year. The expected date range is 1860-1919.
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Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using the provided dictionary for assistance, but do not key ranks aboard ship. If a prefix does not appear in a dictionary then key the prefix as seen.

All names should be keyed from these registers except for ship masters, owners, and those recieving the registers. This includes lists of crew members, apprentices, children born on board the ship, their parents, and deceased seamen or other individuals. Each person should be keyed as a unique record.


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Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the person. Use the provided dictionary for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.

All names should be keyed from these registers except for ship masters, owners, and those recieving the registers. This includes lists of crew members, apprentices, children born on board the ship, their parents, and deceased seamen or other individuals. Each person should be keyed as a unique record.
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Surname

Key the surname of the person. Use the provided dictionary for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary, key the surname as seen.

All names should be keyed from these registers except for ship masters, owners, and those recieving the registers. This includes lists of crew members, apprentices, children born on board the ship, their parents, and deceased seamen or other individuals. Each person should be keyed as a unique record.


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Suffix

Key all suffixes, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the person, using the provided dictionary for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in a dictionary then key the suffix as seen. Do not key ranks, positions, or occupations.

All names should be keyed from these registers except for ship masters, owners, and those recieving the registers. This includes lists of crew members, apprentices, children born on board the ship, their parents, and deceased seamen or other individuals. Each person should be keyed as a unique record.
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Age

Key the age of the crew member, apprentice, or passenger when the age column is present. Key the age according to the following rules:

If an age includes years, months, and/or days then key only the years. For example, if an age appears as 10 years, 7 months then key the age as 10. If an age appears in months only, such as 10 months, then key the age as a fraction of twelfths – 10/12. If an age includes a fraction, such as 3 3/8, key only the whole number – 3. The expected age range is from 14-50.


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Birthplace

Key the birthplace from columns labeled:Town and County where born Place of Birth, stating name of Town and County Nationality (If British, state birthplace)In the case of the column labeled "Nationality (If British, state birthplace)" only key what is in that field if it is a locality. If it is a nationality, even if it says "British," key the nationality into the nationality field.Use the provided dictionary for assistance in keying the birthplace. If a location is not found in the dictionary then key the location as seen. Separate jurisdictions such as town and county with a comma.
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Birth Year

Key the birth year from the column labeled "Year of Birth" when present. Key the birth year as four digits wherever possible.
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Nationality

Key the nationality from the column labeled "Nationality (If British, state birthplace)" when present. Only key what is in this field if it is a nationality. If it is a locality, key the locality into the birthplace field.Use the provided dictionary for assistance in keying. If a location is not found in the dictionary then key the nationality as seen.
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Cover Page, Section Header, etc.

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Choose the Cover Page, Section Header, etc. form type for images which contain information, but not any keyable data. These include Ship's Logs, Consul Certificates, Regulations, Instructions to Masters, Directions for filling out forms, or miscellaneous correspondence .

Image No Data

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Choose the Image No Data form type for images where there is neither keyable data, nor data which is not being keyed but will be marked capture. Examples include blank forms, Crew Lists, or Ship's Logs.

Duplicate

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Use the Duplicate type if you have already seen or keyed this image. Sometimes images can get duplicated in an image set, but duplicate data does not need to be collected.



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