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United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905-1937
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Panama Canal Zone, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Employment and Sailing Lists
Record Group RG 185: Records of the Panama Canal, 1848-1999
Collection years 1905-1937
National Archives Identifier 514
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of an index and images of employee records (service history cards), sailing lists of contract laborers, and employee identification records (metal check cards and applications). This collection corresponds to NARA Record Group 185, Records of the Panama Canal, 1848-1999. Index to applications for Photo Metal Checks, 1918-1919 courtesy of the National Archives.




To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905-1937.

What Can This Collection Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The records may include the following information:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Birth place
  • Residence
  • Change in status
  • Position or job
  • Service dates
  • Salary
  • Where Appointed
  • File number
  • Remarks

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor
  • The birth date and birth place of your ancestor
  • The residence of your ancestor
  • The approximate dates of employment

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select Record Description to view the images.


With either search keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life

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]

When you have located your ancestor’s employment record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details about your ancestor. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

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

  • Compile a list of other personnel with the same surname. This is especially helpful if the surname is unusual
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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