The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:
- New online records reveal the details of pioneering overseas travellers at the dawn of the age of sail
- Over 27,000 “Licences to Pass beyond the Seas” spanning 1573 to 1677
- Collection includes rare early records of passengers bound for the Americas
Today, 07th October 2016, over 27,000 early travel and migration records have been published online for the first time at Findmypast.
Released in association with The National Archives, the new “Britain, Registers of Licences to Pass beyond the Seas 1573 – 1677” collection records the details of pioneering early travellers who left Britain for Ireland, continental Europe, New England, Virginal, Barbados, Bermuda and other overseas colonies at the dawn of the age of sail.
The collection is comprised of fully searchable transcripts and scanned colour images of original documents from the TNA series E 157. It includes lists of soldiers who signed a statutory oath of allegiance before serving in the “Low Countries” between 1613 and 1633, licences for individuals travelling to Europe between 1573 and 1677, and registers pertaining to individuals travelling to the Americas between 1634 and 1639.