Maine, Bath, Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship, 1833-1868 is a free collection at FamilySearch with an index and images of proofs of citizenship used to apply for Seamen’s Protection Certificates* at the ports of Bath, Maine in 1833, 1836, 1839-50, 1853-65, 1867-68; and at Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1857-58.

 

*Seamen’s Protection  Certificates were printed or partially printed documents used as I.D. for American seamen as proof of citizenship and were sometimes required in foreign ports.

Seamen's Protection Certificates example from NARA

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What Can I Learn from Maine Proof of Citizenship Records?

 

These records may include:

  • Name of sailor
  • Age
  • Physical description
  • Home residence
  • Signature
  • Date of certificate
  • Name of official

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