Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship, 1791-1861 is a free collection at FamilySearch with an index and images of proofs of citizenship used to apply for seamen’s certificates for the Port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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What Can I Learn from Seamen’s Records?


Proof of citizenship

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



How Can Seamen’s Records Help Me Find Other Records?


With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Use the information to find other records such as emigrations, port records, ship’s manifests, birth, christening, census, and land records
  • Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
  • Use the information to find additional family members
  • Search for naturalization records
  • Search for vital records, such as marriage and death


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