I'm researching the Alexander surname. My maternal line came from Co. Antrim but they must have been somewhere else before arriving there. They may have been from Scotland or they may have been from elsewhere in Ireland. I know that the family included a coal importer, farmers (maybe ag. labs), members of the legal profession and seafarers. I remember my mother told me one of her relatives vanished to goodness knows where to enter the acting profession.
The Irish Mariners website contains an index of Irish born merchant seamen contained in the CR10 series of index cards in the Southampton Civic Archives. The CR10 Archive holds 270,000 cards covering the multinational workforce of the British Merchant Marine during the period from late 1918 to the end of 1921. All ranks and jobs at sea are covered from master to scullion. A unique feature of the CR 10 cards is that they usually contain a good photograph of the seaman. At this time RS2 Identity books, with matching photographs were issued to the seamen. http://www.irishmariners.ie/index.phphttp://www.irishmariners.ie/index.php
There are fourteen Alexanders on the index. I've managed to find ten by using a hit and miss system. If anyone has an Alexander ancestor who was in the British Merchant Navy and knows their identity number the search would be easier.
Alexander, Claude (qtrmstr) Identity No.356503. Born: 1882-03-16, Limerick, (Co.limerick) Disch A No: 896344
Voyages: 1919-01-02 Historian No:105364 of Liverpool (Harrison, T & J) 1919-04-09 Historian No:105364 of Liverpool (Harrison, T & J) 1919-07-30 No:131296 1920-03-01 No:131296 1920-11-01 No:131366 1921-06-01 No:131421
Alexander, David (fmn) Identity No.446265. Born: 1892-07-12, Ballycarry?, (Co. Antrim?)
Voyages: 1919-10-09 Lord Downshire No:110514 of Belfast (Heyn G) 1919-11-30 Lord Downshire No:110514 of Belfast (Heyn G) 1920-09-24 1 No:98505 1921-02-04 Melmore Head No:142478 of Belfast (Heyn G) 1921-05-14 Melmore Head No:142478 of Belfast (Heyn G) 1921-07-03 Lord Londonderry (1920) No:144408 of Belfast (Heyn G)
Alexander, Frederick Wm (plumber) Identity No.401188. Born: 1879-12-04, Belfast, (Co. Antrim) Disch A No: 830972
Voyages: 1919-08-15 Melmore Head No:142478 of Belfast (Heyn G) 1919-08-27 Melmore Head No:142478 of Belfast (Heyn G)
~~~~~~~~ Alexander, James (slr) Identity No.395480. Born: 1900-07-18, Islandmagee, (Co. Antrim) Disch A No: 923837 Next of Kin: Jos Alexander (f), 65 Bentinck st, Belfast (Belfast)
Voyages: 1918-12-31 Glen Head No:87851 of Belfast (Heyn G) 1919-04-20 Carrigan Head No:113508 of Belfast (Heyn G) 1919-10-22 Wicklow Head No:80452 of Belfast (Heyn G) 1920-05-16 Melmore Head No:142478 of Belfast (Heyn G) 1920-10-25 Glen Head No:87851 of Belfast (Heyn G)
Alexander, Joseph Peter (2 E) Identity No.122253. Born: 1893-06-29, Dublin, (Co. Dublin) Certificates: 57680 Disch A No: 924489
~~~~~~~~ Alexander, William James (bosn) Identity No.304770. Born: 1879-11-01, galway (=Gallway), (Co. Galway) Disch A No: 546223