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British Royal Navy personnel 1831 records give a snapshot of the Royal Navy in that year using ships’ muster books, naval dockyard musters, hospital registers, Royal Marine shore lists and Navy lists. The records detail 66,125 men, and were extracted from ships’ muster books covering 228 vessels, hospitals, bases or musters.

Ships’ musters provide details on when a man entered a ship, his age, his rank, place of birth, and details of discharge prior to April 1831. Commissioned officers and those travelling as passengers do not have their place of birth recorded. Hospital musters include much of the same information, with additional information gathered from hospital pay lists, dockyard lists and Royal Marine shore lists.

The original records also give the location of the ship in April 1831, and some additional notes.