Setting Sail with Your Seafaring Ancestors

Denise E. Cross, MSLIS, CG
Sep 14, 2023
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Speaker's Introduction
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Types of Records
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Types of Ships
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More Context
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

This lecture explores a variety of tools and resources for tracking sea faring ancestors along with examples from research, including: maritime primary sources and collections, vessel types, tracing captains and crews through newspaper reports, following their journeys by plotting ships logs’ latitude and longitude records, and adding context to their lives through historic events affecting mariners. The focus is on nineteenth century records and events.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Denise Cross, MSLIS, CG, is a community college librarian who enjoys research, especially digging deep for an elusive answer. Researching her family since the 1990s, she began formalized education in genealogy with the Boston University Certificat
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  1. GL
    Graham Lowe
    10 months ago

    Denise Cross, thank you for your fabulous presentation and accompanying syllabus. The information you have provided will serve as invaluable references when I make the time to research my seafaring ancestors, some of whom were ship captains/masters departing from/arriving in New England seaports.

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    Barbara L Stanford
    10 months ago

    Great info! I never thought about looking for ancestors in this way.

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    Allison Willis
    10 months ago

    I learned alot, I never would have even thought of some of the things she taught us. I’ll be late checking it all out~~

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    Rochelle Males
    10 months ago

    This was very interesting, informative and though-provoking. This will all be extremely helpful to my research and I can’t wait to put it into action. Thank you!

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    Jane A Miller
    10 months ago

    THANK YOU, DENISE!!! This was fantastic! Your syllabus is amazing and I may not go to bed tonight!! So many ships…so little time!

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    Gary Gates
    10 months ago

    What a wonderful presentation, great information that not only shows you what questions to ask, but also provides the direction on how to get the answers and what potential questions to ask from that. Well worth the time, and be sure to take good notes!

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    Nancy Simpson
    10 months ago

    Thank you

  8. CM
    Cheryl Mapes
    10 months ago

    Geat webinar!! It gave me some ideas for loooking up my great-grandfathers shipping records on the Great Lakes.


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