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This collection will include records from 1791-1861. Proofs of Citizenship used to apply for seamen's certificates for the Port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1792-1861. These records correspond to NARA publication M1880.
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- Name of sailor
- Physical description
- Home residence
- Date of certificate
- Name of official
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- “Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Seamen's Proofs of Citizenship, 1791-1861.” IImages. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA M1880. National Archives and Record Administration, Washington, D.C.
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