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Chief Editor of Naval History Archive Dean J Morris

Hello I am the chief editor of Naval History Archive I was a regular contributor/editor on Wikipedia under the user name Navops47 and a member of its Military History Project but have since retired from there due to unwarranted harassment by an administrator called User:Buckshot06. I hold a BA.(Hons). Upper-Second Class from the Victoria University of Manchester. England and regard myself as a part time naval Historian. I am currently exploring doing a Masters Degree in Naval History with the University of Portsmouth by distance learning.

Database access

The Navy Records Society

The Navy Records Society was founded in 1893 by a small group of historians, naval officers, publicists and statesmen led by Professor Sir John Knox Laughton and Admiral Sir Cyprian Bridge, to publish original materials on the history of the Royal Navy. The society archives covers the period's 1200 – 1485, 1485 – 1603, 1603 – 1714, 1714 – 1815, 1815 – 1900, 1900 – present day.

Society for Nautical Research

The Periods are

  • Pre History
  • Antiquity
  • Medieval (Early Middle Ages, Late Middle Ages, High Middle Ages)
  • Early Modern (Tudors, English Civil War, Dutch Wars, Nine Years War, Other Early Modern)
  • Eighteenth Century (Spanish Succession, Austrian Succession, Seven Years War, American Revolution, French Revolution, Other Eighteenth Century)
  • Nineteenth Century (Napoleonic War, War of 1812, Opium Wars, Crimean War, American Civil War, Other Nineteenth Century)
  • Twentieth Century (Russian Revolution, World War 1, Inter War, World War 2, Post World War 2, Other Twentieth Century)

The Civil Service Yearbook online

The Civil Service Yearbook Online has been particular useful in understanding the structure and organisation of the HM Naval Service and Royal Navy post 1970 to present day. It is published by Dandy Booksellers Ltd who are the official publisher of the book series.

Subscription database access

Ancestry UK

Free Public Resources

Below is a list of free public resources I regularly use and recommend

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public access to 20 million books and texts.

Website is here: https://archive.org/

Project Guttenberg

Project Gutenberg (PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to "encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks". It was founded in 1971 by American writer Michael S. Hart and is the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. As of 23 June 2018, Project Gutenberg reached 57,000 items in its collection of free eBooks.

The releases are available in plain text but, wherever possible, other formats are included, such as HTML, PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and Plucker. Most releases are in the English language, but many non-English works are also available. There are multiple affiliated projects that are providing additional content, including regional and language-specific works. Project Gutenberg is also closely affiliated with Distributed Proofreaders, an Internet-based community for proofreading scanned texts.

The Project relies on donations by regular users.

Website is here: https://www.gutenberg.org/

National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland is a reference library with world-class collections. It is also Scotland's largest library and one of the major research libraries in Europe. Of particluar interest for me is its digitized military lists for the British Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Website is here: https://digital.nls.uk/british-military-lists/archive/97343435