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United States, New England Seamen's Identification Cards, 1918-1940
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Record Description
Record Type Seamen's Identification Cards
Record Group RG 41: Records of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation
Collection years 1918-1940
National Archives Identifier 370
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The records include identification cards of Seamen departing from or arriving at the following ports: Boston, Vineyard Haven, Salem/Beverly, Marblehead, Fall River, New Haven, Portland, and Providence. The record includes name, age, place of birth, parent's birthplace, naturalization data, physical description, photo, and signature. The records can be found at NARA Northeast Region facility in Waltham, Massachusetts. This collection includes records from 1918 to 1940.

  • District of Boston and Charlestown, Massachusetts, Seamen's Identification cards,1917-1922 NAID 3477933
  • District of Salem and Beverly,Massachusetts, Seamen's Coastwise Identification Cards for Salem, 7/1918-12/1918 NAID 3477999
  • District of Marblehead, Massachusetts, Seamen's Coastwise Identification Cards, 7/1918-10/1918 NAID 3477979
  • District of Boston and Charlestown,Massachusetts, Applications for Seamen's Protection Certificates and Identification Cards for Boston, 2/12/1918-11/24/1939 NAID 3444809
  • District of Providence, Rhode Island, Applications for Seamen's Protection Certificates for Providence, 5/1928-10/1940 NAID 3477996
  • District of Connecticut, Applications for Seamen's Protection Certificates for New Haven, 2/1937-7/1937 NAID 3477982
  • District of Boston and Charlestown, Alien's Applications for Seamen Service and Protection Certificates for Boston, 12/1931-7/1935 NAID 3476677
  • District of Portland, Maine, Application's for Seamen's Protection Certificates for Portland,8/1927-11/1937 NAID 3477986

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, New England Seamen's Identification Cards, 1918-1940.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Identification Card

  • Port
  • Name
  • Nationality
  • Place of birth
  • Place of father's birth
  • Place of mother's birth
  • If naturalized, where and when
  • Age
  • Birth date
  • Height
  • Vessel
  • Physical description
  • Photograph
  • Thumb print
  • Signature

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

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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]

  • Use the name, birth date and birth place to obtain a birth certificate
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I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the surname
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  • Search for other family members in the records

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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