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
- Physical description
- Home residence
- Date of certificate
- Name of official
How Can Seamen’s Records Help Me Find Other Records?
- 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