MARITIME HERITAGE PROJECT
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Issues: Arts & Culture
Location: 26 Forbes Ave San Anselmo CA 94960 USA
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The Maritime Heritage Project is dedicated to preserving San Francisco's shipping history during the 1800s when ships, captains, and passengers from around the world sailed in seeking gold and start new lives. Stories on the site represent every nationality as people came from around the world to California. The well-regarded Project features thousands of names on passenger lists (with free access) and is listed in noted history directories, including museum sites, shipping companies such as American President Lines, and merchant marine sites. The Maritime Heritage site is also used as a training/reference site by the San Francisco Maritime Museum and J. Porter Shaw Maritime Library in San Francisco and it is included in The Library of Congress.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
researching my own family and helping others find their ancestors. I maintain the blog and continue finding information on people seeking their own family history.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Secure additional funding and hire a person to assist with research and adding names of immigrants to California to the database.
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To my knowledge, it is the ONLY one that provides free information; other sites charge fees to access passenger lists, for example.