The sinking of the RMS Titanic is one of the best-known events in British history. Indeed, the disaster has become so shrouded in myth and legend that it’s easy to forget that it directly affected over 2,000 real people.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the accident, we’ve released five new record collections that reveal the ship’s passengers and crew. You can discover where these men, women and children lived, how they worked and their future plans before their lives were so suddenly interrupted.
The most important of our new collections is the official Titanic passenger list. This tells you the names, ages and occupations of the people who got their hands on the most famous tickets in maritime history. It even provides the country where any permanent emigrants were intending to set up home.
The other side of the coin is the staff that sailed the ship, managed its operations, and served the illustrious passengers. Our crew records reveal their addresses, nationalities, and the duties they performed. Look out for notes about employees who were ill or didn’t show up – surely some of the luckiest near misses in history.
Of course, the sad truth is that 1,517 souls lost their lives when the Titanic went down. Our death registers list them together with their ages, last residences and occupations. We also have photographs of some of their memorials, plus an index of the bodies recovered.
Few of us are actually related to anybody who boarded the Titanic. However, most families do have members who travelled the seas. You’re more likely to find your emigrant and immigrant ancestors in our other passenger lists from the UK, USA, Australia and other key countries.
If you are looking for more information about Titanic passengers, you may find that they were on other boats before – or even after – their most famous journey.
Speaking of lives before the Titanic, you’ll be able to find most of the passengers and crew on the 1911 Census. Taken almost exactly a year before the ship set out from Southampton, this will tell you where and how they were living – and with whom.