United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905-1937 .
The collection consists of an index and images of employee records (service history cards), sailing lists of contract laborers and employee identification records (metal check cards and applications). This collection is part of Record Group 185, Records of the Panama Canal, 1848-1999. The records are located in the National Archives.
For a list of records by surnames currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
The records may include the following information:
- Birth place
- Change in status
- Position or job
- Service dates
- Where Appointed
- File number
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the full name along with some identifying information such as birth date, birth place, residence, or approximate dates of employment.
Search the Collection
To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them 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.
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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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 about your ancestor. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
The following suggestions may help you in your search:
- Compile a list of other personnel with the same surname. This is especially helpful if the surname is unusual.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- If you are having difficulty locating your ancestor, look for variant spellings of the surnames. You should also look for abbreviated names and nicknames.
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Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905-1937." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA Record Group 185. College Park, Maryland: National Archives and Records Administration, Archives II, n.d.