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Fort Lauderdale, Broward, Florida, 
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Record Description
Record Type Crew Lists
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1939-1945
Microfilm Publication A4233. Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades),Florida, 12/1939-12/1945. 11 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 4477138
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection contains crew lists of vessels arriving at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, December 1939 to December 1945. These records correspond with NARA publication A4233 Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida, 12\1939-12\1945 and are part of Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The records are arranged chronologically by date of arrival.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The records may include any of the following

Crew List

  • Name of the vessel
  • Ports and dates of departure and arrival
  • Full name of crew member
  • Position in ship’s company
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Nationality

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  • The approximate date of immigration

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the name
  • Look for an index. Records are often indexed by local historical and genealogical societies
  • Search the passenger lists year by year
  • Search the indexes of other port cities

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