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Record Description

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.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

“New England, Seamen's Identification Cards, 1918-1940.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing National Archives and Records Administration.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These records may contain the following information:

  • 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

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the name and some other identifying information such as birth date and place.

Search the Collection

To search the collection
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "County"
⇒Select the appropriate "Town"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, number, date range" which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by 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.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

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 name, birth date and birth place to obtain a birth certificate.
  • Use the name and birth place to search the 1940 census.
  • Use the name and birth date to obtain copies the their complete military file.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Make sure you are looking the first given name.

Related Websites

NARA's Northeast Region Waltham, MA

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Contributions to This Article

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

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“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.


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