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Access the records: New England, Seamen's Identification Cards, 1918-1940 .
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, & 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.
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- “New England, Seamen's Identification Cards, 1918-1940.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing National Archives and Records Administration.
These records may contain the following information:
- Place of birth
- Place of father's birth
- Place of mother's birth
- If naturalized, where and when
- Birth date
- Physical description
- Thumb print
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.