Over 200,000 Titanic records go online

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More than 200,000 Titanic records including a number of wills and coroner inquest files have now gone online to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the luxury cruise liner.

The records, published by British family history website Ancestry.co.uk, include lists of the 1,500 people who died in the tragedy, information about the survivors and a number of wills and hundreds of coroner inquest files.

The "unsinkable" Titanic, which was built in Belfast, sank in the Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg during its maiden voyage to New York on April 15, 1912.

The records include the ill-fated ship's passenger list, showing their names, ages, occupations and nationalities. It also details the positions and addresses of the ship's crew which had more than 900 members, the BBC reported.

The database, which can be accessed for free until May 31, also includes the wills of Edward Smith, the doomed liner's captain, and US tycoons Benjamin Guggenheim and John Jacob Astor.

All three men lost their lives in the disaster. One can also search through more than 329 coroner inquest files and records of the 330 bodies that were recovered at sea. Images of the grave headstones of 121 passengers have also been published.

The database also includes a passenger list from the Carpathia, a ship that came to Titanic's aid and picked up almost all of the disaster's survivors, numbering around 700.

Ancestry.co.uk content manager, Miriam Silverman, was quoted as saying that "over the generations, many families may have heard rumours that they had an ancestor aboard the Titanic, or even lost the evidence proving it".

"We're very pleased to be able to offer access to these valuable records for free, enabling thousands to uncover the story of their ancestor's tragic voyage."

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