Is there a “Magellan” in your family tree? Discover the sea going explorers in your ancestry by learning more about maritime records.

maritime recordsOn September 20, 1519 Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain in an effort to find a western sea route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. After several years of hardship and adventure he located a strait near the tip of South America and became the first European explorer to reach the Pacific Ocean from the Atlantic. The straight was later named for him, The Strait of Magellan. Although Magellan himself did not live to see it, one vessel from his expedition returned to Spain and became the first ship to circumnavigate the globe.

Seafaring ancestors can often be difficult for researchers to trace. In many cases the standard records do not provide the information needed. A seafaring ancestor did not stay in one place and records of marriage, property ownership, death, etc.. were often scattered. Maritime records become invaluable to the researcher in these scenarios. But often genealogists are not familiar with the different types of maritime records available. If you have seafaring ancestors, accessing these records may be just the answer. For more information on the types of maritime records available visit

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