Keeper Data

USLHS OR USLHE Personnel Records

Records from this era are largely stored at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Due to the frequency of requests for this type of information by people conducting genealogical research, the National Archives have made the majority of this data available on 6 rolls of microfilm.

Researching Lighthouse Keepers

This site was created by Candace Clifford who worked as a freelance researcher in the National Archives.  She developed finding aids for records on lighthouses and lifesaving stations as well as a list of other resources for researchers and educators.  The site also includes a lighthouse history blog for topics of interest to lighthouse enthusiasts. 

Law Concerning the Maintenance of Keepers at the Boston Lighthouse

Boston Lighthouse is the only lighthouse in America that is still maintained by keepers on a regular basis.

The Lighthouse Keeper's Oath

During the 1800s each lighthouse keeper was required to swear to and sign an Oath before he or she entered service. Shown here is the Oath that was required.