I am new to this, and have traced (I think) one side of my family back to the 1600's, but I don't want to claim people that are actually wrong! What are ways to cross-check with other records to make sure I have the right people?
Welcome to the wonderful world of frustration, trial and error! Seriously, there are many tools you can use to verify information on your relatives. Some are Google, FindAGrave.com, obituaries, family records, and Latter Day Saints has an excellent data base. Some of these are free to use and some have small fees. You should also begin receiving Smart Matches on your site. However, be very careful about these as they are often inaccurate. Hope this helps a little and happy hunting!
Can someone advise me where I can find death/inquest of British subject lost/killed at sea. I have a relative who was a sea pilot based in Cardiff and he lost his life in the Bristol Channel in 1903. I'm not sure of the details and I would like to know where I can access these details.
Have you tried contacting the Admiralty? They should have records of all lost at sea. Good luck. By the way, my ancestors were from County Kent, UK. Two died at sea, but were already US citizens and one was born at sea on her way to the US.
What were you looking for in Aus? Did you mean to put 1988 or a year in the 1890's? It's a bit hard to access information in the 1980's as it is so recent. Re my query, the name was Thomas Catterson and he was a shipping pilot and drowned in the Bristol Channel in 1903. His Yacht was named "Cambria". His son also died in the tragedy. He was part of the Crew. Any help woud be most appreciated.