Maine and Massachusetts, Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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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.

Record Content

Records may contain the following information:

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.

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

“Maine & Massachusetts, Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen, 1837-1965.” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing NARA collection ARC 1079716; ARC 1077387; ARC 1096743. NARA Regional Facility, Waltham, Massachusetts.