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Ask a Genealogist: Searching for Whaling crew lists.

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Question:

Can you advise me where I can locate crew lists for a whaling ship from New Bedford, Massachusetts?  I understand my 3rd great grandfather was on a ship right after the Civil War.

Answer:

The database I have used in the past is  provided by the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  This crew database covers crew from 1809 to 1927. You can search it for free on the following website: http://www.whalingmuseum.org/online_exhibits/crewlist/
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