Did your ancestor hunt whales? Museum database offers clues
BOSTON: The New Bedford Whaling Museum has put together a digital list of all the men who set sail on whaling voyages out of the port to help people researching family history.
The list contains the names of more than 127,000 sailors as young as 10 and as old as 70 who set sale from 1809 until 1927.
The searchable database includes the sailor's name, age, job title, home state or country, and in some cases skin and hair color. It lists men from 33 states, two US territories and more than 100 foreign nations.
Museum officials say people using the database have made some surprising discoveries about their ancestors, including one man who found out that a forefather had sabotaged a vessel in the South Pacific and was thrown off the crew.