Getting ready to research

William SMITH and family

So I have now looked through the filing cabinet, folders, computer program to find everything I already have on William SMITH and his family. I have decided to put together two folders. There will be some duplicate items in them.

The first folder will be a storyline of William SMITH from his birth in 1840 through to his death in 1913. Included in this will be all his whaling journeys, marriage, family life and birth of children through to his death and burial. This is what I will be aiming to add to as my major research in the family history course.

The second folder will be about William SMITH and Sarah Ann TEDMAN family. Again lots of births, marriages and death with a separate pocket for each child born to them.

Readers: Are there any repositories and records you would recommend I search to find information about Captain William SMITH, master mariner?


3 thoughts on “Getting ready to research

  1. One source that might be worth investigating if you have not done so already is Papers Past. I have a friend who found information there on her ancestor who was a ship’s captain between Australia and the South Sea Islands – she couldn’t find it anywhere else.

    • Thanks Rosemary,
      I have Captain Smith back to about 1856 on ships logs but am now starting to find some are missing. Also having trouble reading one of the ships’names, so newspapers will certainly be a source I will be checking out.

  2. Hi Sue. My great grandfather was Alexander Smith. I would love some info on William H Smith and can offer any info I have on Alex

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