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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Seamen's Proofs of Citizenship, 1791-1861
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|Record Type||Seamen's Proof of Citzenship|
|Record Group||RG 36: Records of the U.S. Customs Service|
|Microfilm Publication||M1880. Proofs of Citizenship Used to Apply for Seamen's Protection Certificates for the Ports of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,1792-1861. 61 rolls.|
|Arrangement||By date then by name|
|National Archives Identifier||563421 365|
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Proofs of Citizenship were used to apply for seamen's certificates for the Port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1792-1861. The records correspond to NARA publication M1880 part of Record Group 36 Records of the U.S. Customs Service. The collector of customs issued Seamen's Protection Certificates for sailors on vessels involved in foreign trade. The collection is organized by year then by the name of the seamen.
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The following information may be found in these records:
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- Physical description
- Home residence
- Date of certificate
- Name of official
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