Connecticut, Seamen's Proofs of Citizenship - FamilySearch Historical Records
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection contains proofs of citizenship used to apply for Seamen's Protection Certificates in Connecticut from 1796-1947. The records may include full name, age, gender, residence, and birthplace. There are a variety of records in this collection including the ones you see in the samples, plus others not shown.These collections were filmed at the NARA facility in College Park, Maryland. This collection corresponds to several NARA collections:
Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36
Records of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, Record Group 41 Records of the U.S. Coast Guard Record 26
- Records Relating to Seamen, 1869 - 1936. Collection District of Bridgeport. NAID 6161604
- Records Relating to Seamen, 1851 - 1930. Collection District of New London. NAID 5888609
- Records Relating to Seamen, 1796 - 1947. Collection District of New London. NAID 4835082
- Records Relating to Seamen, 1858 - 1891. Collection District of Stonington. NAID 4656354
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
Seaman time book
Seaman's Identification Card
Continuous Discharge book
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Use the information to find other records such as emigrations, port records, ship’s manifests, birth, christening, census, and land records
- Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
- Use the information to find additional family members
- Search for naturalization records
- Search for vital records, such as marriage and death
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle name, or even initials
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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