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Record Description

This collection contains three NARA collections: Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen, compiled 1912 - 1965 (ARC 1079716), Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen, compiled 1873 - 1911 (ARC 1077387), and Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen compiled 1909-1951 (ARC 1096743). The collections were filmed at the NARA Regional Facility in Waltham, Massachusetts. For the most part, the records are arranged numerically by case number and contain an assortment of details including personal information, death details, wages etc. about deceased and deserted sailors and others who worked on board ships.

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

Record Content

The records may contain any of the following information:

  • Name of seaman
  • Death date and place
  • Burial date and place
  • Names of family members or next of kin
  • Financial statements
  • Dates of service

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • Name
  • Identifying information such as death date

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "ARC Number and Title"
⇒ Select the "Case Number or Last Name" category which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. 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.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s 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. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example use the names, date and place monies were sent to search for church and census records.

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How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

“Maine & Massachusetts, Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen, 1837-1965.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing NARA collection ARC 1079716; ARC 1077387; ARC 1096743. NARA Regional Facility, Waltham, Massachusetts.

Image Citation:

The citation for an image will be available on each image once the collection is published.

 

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