Massachusetts, Boston, Crew Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Massachusetts Boston Crew Lists, 1811-1921  and Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1917-1943.
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Crew Lists
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1811-1943
Microfilm Publication T938. Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston,MA., 1917-1943. 289 rolls.
Arrangement By date of arrival.
National Archives Identifier 44774874672201
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What is in the Collection?

This article describes multiple collections.

Images of crew Lists of ships arriving at Boston between 1811-1918 arranged chronologically.The collection was filmed at the NARA Northeast Regional Facility in Boston, Massachusetts and corresponds with NAID 4672201. Record Group 36: Records of the U.S. Customs Service, 1745-1997. Lists do not exist from 1860-1873 and 1919-1920.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Massachusetts Boston Crew Lists, 1811-1921.


The collection "Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1917-1943" corresponds with NARA publication T938: Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1917-1943 part of Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1917-1943.

Collection Content

Sample Image

Crew lists include the following:

  • Name of ship and port of departure
  • Ship's arrival date and port of entry
  • Names of crew members
  • Position in the ship's crew
  • When and where engaged as a member of the crew
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Physical marks or peculiarities

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name
  • Other identifying information such as the age and nationality

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Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

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To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "NARA Roll Number - Contents" 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.

With either search keep in mind:

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I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details and lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example, you can use passenger lists to:

  • Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
  • Confirm their date of arrival
  • Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
  • Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.
  • Continue to search the passenger lists to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have immigrated at the same time.
  • If your ancestor has an uncommon surname, you may want to obtain the passenger list of every person who shares your ancestor’s surname if they lived in the same county or nearby. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Check for variant spellings. Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes of other port cities.


Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation:

“Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1811-1921." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://familysearch.org. accessed 2017. Citing NARA NAID 4672201. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Massachusetts Boston Crew Lists, 1811-1921.

Image citation for Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1811-1921:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Massachusetts Boston Crew Lists, 1811-1921.


Collection Citation:

"Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1917-1943." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm publication T938. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1917-1943.


Image Citation for Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1917-1943:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1917-1943.


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