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Old 19th March 2012, 23:43   #1
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Question Help interpreting overseas death record!

Hello,

I have an overseas death record for a possible relative of mine (or rather my husband) and where it usually states the country of death, it instead says 'shipping' - does anyone know what this means?

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Re: Help interpreting overseas death record!

Hello,

I would say it means died on board a vessel.

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Re: Help interpreting overseas death record!

Hi
piece from http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/r...eaorabroad.htm

There was no obligation to keep records of births, marriages or deaths at sea before the mid-19th century.

Any record made of a birth or death at sea from 1837 onwards was sent directly to the General Register Office and recorded in the Marine Register.

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Re: Help interpreting overseas death record!

Knowing a rough date would help tailor the reply with more details.

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Re: Help interpreting overseas death record!

Of course. Thank you. Death is 1979 - (cousin of my mother in-law who committed suicide in Italy).

I began to construct my husband's tree having completed my own and almost immediately became stuck just one generation back when I couldn't find a death record for him. His name was Peter Allen born in 1942 Wokingham Berkshire.

Mother's maiden name Salisbury.

Unfortunately this was a family who didn't talk about things and now everyone has passed on and there is no-one to ask. My husband says he remembers it happened about 1980 and this is as close as I have come.

There was water involved in his death (could have been the sea) - maybe this is the reason for the word? Or maybe I have just got the wrong record....

There were so many deaths on the index that stated 'shipping' that I started to wonder if it meant something else... (like maybe 'in transit'?)...

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http://www.rmg.co.uk/researchers/lib...ritime-records

Worth a gander.

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wow - that's a fabulous website! I haven't found what I'm looking for yet, but thank you!

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Some info on this site too - HERE

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