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.

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What Can I Learn from these Alien Crewmen Lists?

Records may include:

  • Name of Crewmen

  • Age

  • Name of vessel

  • Date of discharge or desertion

  • Volume number for related passenger lists

 

What Do I Do Next?

With information provided in the discharged/deserting crew list you can:

  • Use the vessel name to search for your ancestor on related passenger lists for that vessel (prior to desertion or discharge) and extract any new information

  • If you can identify your ancestor on other passenger lists, extract their full name and any variants of their name

  • Look for records at the port of origin, including emigration and vital records

  • Look for ship’s manifests & port records

  • Search naturalization records to see if your ancestor became a naturalized US Citizen

  • Search census records to see if your ancestor shows up in any federal or state census records

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