United States Naval Enlistment Rendezvous - FamilySearch Historical Records
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A rendezvous was the recruiting station where the men enlisted in the Navy. Officers at the rendezvous kept a record of each man enlisted and reported the information weekly to the Navy Department. These documents are known as the “weekly returns of rendezvous reports.”
The largest number of enlistments occurred during the Civil War. The number of men in uniform for these years is estimated at between 26,000 and 51,000.
This collection consists of these enlistment registers. The original records are located in the National Archives Record Group 24 (NARA publication M1953): Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel. The records were microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah in 2003.
They are arranged in the following order:
- Chronologically by week
- Name of naval rendezvous
- Date of enlistment
The indexes to these records, both arranged alphabetically, are available on microfilm from the National Archives in the following publications:
- T1098, Index to Rendezvous Reports, Before and After the Civil War, 1846–1861, 1865–1884
- T1099, Index to Rendezvous Reports, Civil War, 1861–1865
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The registers include the following information:
- Name of naval rendezvous
- Name of sailor
- Date and term of enlistment
- Previous naval service
- Place of birth
- Personal description
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"United States, Naval Enlistment Rendezvous, 1855-1891'" database and digital images FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org;) accessed 8 June 2011). Henry Newman, age 21; Citing Naval Records, FHL microfilm 00,276; National Archives, Washington D.C., United States.