A brief introduction to maritime records you can use to discover more about your ancestors, family history or famous people. It is intended to help you get started on your research, using the National Maritime Museum's library and archives and other resources outside the museum.
This guide lists the shipping companies whose records, or part-records, are held by the National Maritime Collection. These are mainly business records and do not cover operations, voyages or passenger lists.
For discussions of the Mississippi River people living on, working on, and involved in life on the river. Any family living in any county bordering the Mississippi River, or living on the river, is welcome.
The data (sailor names, ages, birth and residences places) included on these pages is taken from the original Registers of Seamen's Protection Certificates issued at the Custom Houses of Fall River, Gloucester, Salem, New Haven, Newport, and Marblehead. There are entries for 23,436 certificates issued from 1796-1871.
Explores this vital history, focusing first on the men and women who have worked in the ports, the inland waterways, the fisheries, canneries, and other waterfront industries of California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. From the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, University of Washington.