Connecticut, Seamen's Proofs of Citizenship - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Record Description
Record Type Citizenships
Collection years 1796-1947
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains proofs of citizenship used to apply for Seamen's Protection Certificates in Connecticut from 1796-1947. The records may include full name, age, gender, residence, and birthplace. There are a variety of records in this collection including the ones you see in the samples, plus others not shown.These collections were filmed at the NARA facility in College Park, Maryland. This collection corresponds to several NARA collections:

Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36

Records of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, Record Group 41 Records of the U.S. Coast Guard Record 26

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Seaman time book

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Date of shipment
  • Date if discharge
  • Time employed

Seaman's Identification Card

  • Name
  • Picture
  • Nationality
  • Remarks
  • Signature of person
  • Age
  • Birth
  • Physical descriptions
  • Vessel name
  • Home port

Crew List

  • Name
  • Age
  • Physical description
  • Place of birth

Officers of ships

  • Date
  • Vessel name
  • name of officers
  • Date of Service started

Protection book

  • Date and certificate #
  • Name of seaman
  • Age
  • Physical description
  • Places of birth
  • Means by how they attained citizenship

Continuous Discharge book

  • Name and signature of seaman
  • Port
  • Date of event
  • Name and nationality of vessel served on
  • Rating of seaman
  • Ship caption's name
  • Dates of sailing
  • Picture of seaman
  • Fingerprints

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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