Catalogue description Admiralty: Royal Navy Continuous Service Engagement Books

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Details of ADM 139
Reference: ADM 139
Title: 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.

Digital copies of Royal Navy ratings’ service records 1853-1928 can be searched and downloaded. The indexes to ADM 139 are also available to download as digital microfilm.

Note: 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.
Date: 1853-1872

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

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See also the Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services in: ADM 188

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 1027 volume(s)
Access conditions: Available in digital format unless otherwise stated

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