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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Maine, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Citizenship
Collection years 1809-1940
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National Archives and Records Administration


What Is In This Collection?

This collection contains proofs of citizenship used to apply for Seamen's Protection Certificates at the port of Maine for the years 1809 to 1940. The records were filmed at the NARA facility in College Park, Maryland.

This collection corresponds to NARA series:

  • NAID 3477989
  • NAID 3477987
  • NAID 4661984
  • NAID 4707087
  • NAID 4662022
  • NAID 4713717
  • NAID 4529391
  • NAID 4488656

To Browse This Collection

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records may contain the following information:

  • Name of the vessel
  • For whom services were performed
  • Nature of service
  • Port and country to or from which vessel sailed
  • Description of duties
  • Fee amount
  • Time employed

Certificates of American Citizenship may contain:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Physical characteristics
  • Photograph

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search the Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name
  • Approximate age or birth date

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select County
  2. Select Record Type, Date Range and Volume to view the image

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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?

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • 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
  • Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed
  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
  • Use the person's age and location to find his family in census, church, and land records.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit
  • If your ancestor used multiple names throughout their life, look for all their names
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • 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
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the records of nearby localities (or military unties, counties, parishes, etc.)
  • 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 can then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Maine.

Citing this Collection

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:
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Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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