Genealogy

1. Downward Bound: Honoring Those who Served on the Great Lakes

USGenWeb, MIGenWeb, Downward Bound, help to unravel records of ancestors working in the Great Lakes Shipping Industry.

3. Great Lakes Maritime Personnel Database

The Historical Collection of the Great Lakes has a Maritime Personnel Index assembled from annual resources like Great Lakes Red Books and ISMA directories. Mainly focused on the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

4. Shipmate Search

American Merchant Marine in War, emphasis on World War II. Includes: Shipmate Search, U.S. Maritime Service training, Naval Armed Guard, information for veteran mariners, African-American seamen, lists of ships, Other Wars

5. Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Genealogy

Assembled by volunteers, this website is a treasure trove of genealogy information for Manitowoc County, including birth, death, cemetery, history, marriage and military records.

6. Wisconsin Historical Society Genealogy

The Wisconsin Historical Society provides a number of useful tools for those researching genealogy.

7. 1930 Census of Merchant Seamen

The first and last U.S. census to include seamen on U.S.-flagged merchant vessels. Includes name of vessel, home port, name of crewman, occupation on board, age, home state, and next of kin. If you have access to Ancestry.com (or a local library that offers it), you can also view the original record. (Link to Ancestry 1930 Census of Merchant Seamen)

8. Manitowoc County Historical Place & Name Index

Compilation of tens of thousands of individual names from a partnership between the Manitowoc County Historical Society, Manitowoc Public Library, and Lester Public Library.

9. Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping

Use the "Information Search" to aid in locating information regarding a particular individual.