Location of Death - Died at Sea showing error report

+3 votes
Many ancestors died at sea in the early 1800's.  If a person en-route from Germany to Australia died at sea, and the date unknown, therefore the place or ocean unknown, how can you put in the location without an error report coming up.  You can leave it as unknown, and report it in the biography, but many people looking for ancestors, may not necessarily look at that. Should you put in Australia, as that person was heading that way?
WikiTree profile: Gottlieb Staude
in Policy and Style by Anonymous Dienelt G2G6 (7.5k points)
retagged by Maggie N.

Hi Debra, more information about in this post.

Sometimes the death was registered at the destination.; from Germany to Australia possibly Fremantle.
In 1841 on the Skjold from Altona to Port Adelaide, many deaths (approx 50) occured at sea, and the body's were put in a shroud and thrown overboard, so no death registrations were recorded.  The only hints were in the dairies kept by some passengers.

will try the other quidelines above

Thank you for your comment.
You can simply add "At Sea" and add a note in the biography.

1 Answer

+1 vote
Best answer
The last discussion, if I remember correctly, on this (birth, deaths at sea) to avoid database errors it was recommended to add details something like this

At Sea; in the {Sea, Ocean, River etc}, on board {Ships name}, en route to  {Country}

With out the { }  and the only thing required was the At Sea
by Graeme Olney G2G6 Mach 7 (73.1k points)
edited by Graeme Olney
that's what I understood - "At Sea, ship Neptune"

not sure about aircrew though - have opted for "over the English Channel" or "over Germany" - would like some discussion about this.

Related questions

+17 votes
1 answer
+5 votes
1 answer
138 views asked Dec 30, 2019 in Policy and Style by Sue Hall G2G6 Pilot (147k points)
+7 votes
3 answers
+2 votes
2 answers
123 views asked May 3, 2017 in WikiTree Tech by G. Moore G2G6 Mach 3 (34.7k points)
+5 votes
2 answers
157 views asked May 31 in Policy and Style by JG Weston G2G6 (9.8k points)
+8 votes
1 answer
+6 votes
1 answer
185 views asked Nov 1, 2016 in WikiTree Tech by Brett Rutherford G2G6 Pilot (121k points)

WikiTree  ~  About  ~  Help Help  ~  Search Person Search  ~  Surname:

disclaimer - terms - copyright