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1 Tracing Your Naval Ancestors [UK]
Bruno Pappalardo
240 pages; 7 1/4" x 9 1/2", paper, The National Archives [United Kingdom]
This detailed guide explains the wide and diverse range of records and secondary sources which can be used to trace genealogical and career information in relation to the men and women who have served in the Royal Navy, and the naval reserve and auxiliary forces formed to assist it, from 1660 to modern times.

With an easy to follow and accessible format, this up-to-date guide provides illustrations of key documents, lists of useful websites, publications and addresses which will help researchers identify key and overlooked sources vital to tracing naval ancestors.

About Author
Bruno Pappalardo is a military specialist in the Research and Editorial Services Department at The National Archives. He is the author of the latest edition of Using Navy Records.

Table of Contents
· history and organization of the Royal Navy
· service records
· ships' pay books, musters, description books and ledgers
· casualty and wound records
· campaign medals and gallantry awards
· operational records
· courts martial records
· pension records
Price: 19.95 USD



2 Brinestain and Biscuit: Recipes and Rules for Royal Navy Cooks
National Archives {Great Britain}
80 pages; 5" x 6", cloth, $12.95, The National Archives [United Kingdom]
***A fascimile edition of excerpts from the Royal Navy's manual of cookery (1930)***
Climb aboard one of His Majesty’s ships, circa 1930, pull up the gangplank and prepare to experience galley life at sea. Enjoy the arcane practices, no-nonsense instructions and a wealth of period recipes from an era when the map was painted red and ‘empire builders’ were not just a pair of shorts. Learn how to avoid the dangers of ‘bone taint’ and ‘fly-blown meat’. Discover what to do with a ‘steam chest’ and how to work an ‘Aldershot oven’. Once equipped, you will be in tip-top shape to delve into the recipes—from the simple yet gargantuan (sausages for 500 men: take 125 lbs of sausages, fry in lard, add ‘brown gravy’) to the relatively small-scale and refined, you will get an insight into how the sailors lived and ate. And it was more varied than you might imagine, so they were not always stuck between a rock cake and a hard biscuit.

There are the dishes to stir the heart (‘Patriotic pudding’ or ‘Queen Bess pudding’), the nautically exotic (‘Mock Turtle soup’, ‘Canary pudding’), the down-to-earth way with offal (‘faggots and peas’, ‘sheep’s head broth’) and the faintly scary ‘beef tea with egg’ or ‘brown stew’. There are even salads (well, a few). All in all, for a cook’s eye view of Navy life, this book takes the biscuit.

About Author
The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, containing a thousand years of history from the Domesday Book to the present day. The 170km of records held at Kew in south-west London range from parchment and paper scrolls through to recently created digital files and archived websites. They contain not only famous documents - the last telegram from the Titanic or the 'Jack the Ripper' files - but also the stories of ordinary voices - shot down aircrews, impassioned divorce trials, the service histories of WW1'Tommies' and much more.

Price: 9.96 USD


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