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Massachusetts, Salem and Beverly Crew Lists and Shipping Articles, 1797-1934
This article describes a collection of records at
Salem & Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Crew Lists and Shipping Articles
Record Group RG 36: Records of the U.S. Customs Service
Collection years 1797-1934
National Archives Identifier 160075816008701600759
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists of the following three NARA collections:

  • Crew Lists and Returns of Seamen for the Port of Salem and Beverly, compiled 1797-1818 (NAID 1600758)
  • Shipping Articles for the Port of Salem and Beverly, compiled 1810 - 1899 (NAID1600870)
  • Crew Lists for the Port of Salem and Beverly, 1797-1934 (NAID 1600759)

The Collections were filmed at the NARA Regional Facility in Waltham, Massachusetts. The records are arranged chronologically for the most part.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Massachusetts, Salem and Beverly Crew Lists and Shipping Articles, 1797-1934.

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

The following information may be found in these records

Crew list and Shipping Articles

  • 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

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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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]

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
  • 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 the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation
"Massachusetts, Salem and Beverly Crew Lists and Shipping Articles, 1797-1934." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Citing NARA NAID 1600758, 1600870, and 1600759. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
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