Harry Dodsworth <af877@...>
Ena Jacobs <EnaBob@...> asks about a death at sea from
England to NY in 1913.
If the ship was British, the following was the procedure for passengers.
The death was recorded in the ship's log. On return to a British port
(usually about two weeks later), BMDs were reported to the Board of Trade.
These are available in registers (Series BT334 for 1913, I think, at the
Public Records Office). Unfortunately after 1890, the BoT records havn't
At the end of the year, the BoT passed the entries to the Registrar of
BMDs (possibly split between London, Edinburgh and Dublin, by domicile).
These were then formed into a series of marine registers which have been
filmed and are available on microfiche through the LDS. So Ena wants to
lookup the GRO Marine Register of Deaths at sea for 1913, on LDS
microfiche, (I don't know the number) or at the Family Record Centre in
The usual disclaimer: the above was the procedure but not always followed.
Harry Dodsworth Ottawa Ontario Canada af877@...