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Rhode Island, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Citizenship
Record Group RG 36: U.S. Customs Service, RG 41: Records of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation
Collection years 1798-1940
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What Is In This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains proofs and stub books of citizenship used to apply for Seamen's Protection Certificates at the port of Rhode Island. The records may include full name, age, gender, residence, and birthplace. This collection corresponds to three NARA series ARC 616473, 4492461, and 3477998. The collections are located at the National Archives at Waltham.

  • Records Relating to Seamen, 1798-1862. Department of the Treasury. Customs Service. Collection District of Newport, Rhode Island. Office of the Collector of Customs. Record Group 36 Records of the U.S. Customs Service. NAID 616473
  • Records Relating to Seamen, 1812-1879. Department of the Treasury. Customs Service. Collection District of Newport, Rhode Island. Office of the Collector of Customs. Record Group 36 Records of the U.S. Customs Service. NAID 4492461
  • Stub Books for Protection Certificates Issued to Seamen for Providence,12/14/1929-10/2/1940. Department of the Treasury. Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation. District of Providence (Rhode Island). Record Group 41 Records of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation. NAID 3477998.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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

The records may contain the following information:

  • Date and number of certificate
  • Name of the seaman
  • Age
  • Physical description
  • Place of birth
  • Citizenship

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

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

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Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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