Do you have an English mariner or lighthouse keeper in your family tree?
If so, the TRINITY HOUSE PETITIONS may be a useful source for you. We now hold on microfilm the years 1787 to 1854. Trinity House Corporation, in addition to being responsible for lighthouses around England, acted as a charitable body for mariners and their families. Those applying for aid had to give a detailed account of their circumstances and the records of those petitions provide a wealth of family information
The Society of Genealogists [in London] has produced “Trinity House petitions; a calendar of the records…” which provides a name index of those listed on the microfilms. It is available in the Auckland Research Centre ( 4 GBR OCC) and may be found on top of the cabinets containing the films of the petitions themselves.
Background information about the TRINITY HOUSE PETITIONS may be found in the following articles:
“The Trinity House Petitions” by Anthony J. Camp
Family Tree May 1986 p.13 ( 1 GEN)
“Trinity House Petitions” by Steven Thomas
Practical Family History June 2008 pp.30-32(1 GEN)