New York Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted, 1917-1957 is a searchable name index for foreign crewmen who were discharged from or who deserted at the Port of New York, New York between May 1917 and November 1957. There are images in this collection.

 

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What Can I Learn from Crewmen Lists?

 

These records may include:

  • Name of crewmen
  • Age
  • Name of vessel on which he served
  • Date of discharge or desertion
  • Volume number for related passenger lists on NARA publication T715

 

 

How Can Crewmen Lists Help Me Find Other Records?

 

With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Use the name of vessel on which your ancestor served along with his name and date of discharge or desertion to search the passenger and crew lists of vessels arriving in New York

You can also use these 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
  • Find federal immigration records
  • Download a copy of the record or transcribe the details
  • 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 lists to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives 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. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur

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