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Admiralty: Royal Navy Continuous Service Engagement Books

ADM 139
Admiralty: Royal Navy Continuous Service Engagement Books

These continuous service engagement books give the date and place of birth, physical characteristics on entry, and a summary of the service of each rating.

Please Note: digital copies of these records can be searched and downloaded.

The indexes to ADM 139 and ADM 188 are also available to download as part of the DigitalMicrofilm project.

Referencing: In 2012, as part of transferring digitised records to The National Archives' new Discovery catalogue, the items throughout this series were temporarily numbered, starting at 1 within each piece. In March 2013 these were corrected to have their item references constructed of the piece number followed by a slash and the numerical part of the service number; for example ADM 139/10/1 is now ADM 139/10/901.

Arrangement is in order of continuous service numbers, but there are alphabetical indexes of surnames which give the individual's CS number.

Related Material:
See also the Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services in: ADM 188
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
1027 volume(s)
Access conditions:
Available in digital format unless otherwise stated

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