California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

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California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

Name index of death index created by the California Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Section in Sacramento. Index includes name, sex, date and place of birth, date and county of death, father’s last name, and mother’s maiden name.

Content in the registers varies some from county to county and year to year. Earlier registers may list only

  • name
  • age
  • nativity (state or country)
  • occupation
  • local residence
  • naturalization details (some counties)

However, the lists grew more detailed as time went on, and in later registers you may find:

  • name
  • occupation
  • age
  • height
  • complexion
  • color of eyes
  • color of hair
  • visible marks or scars
  • country of nativity
  • place of residence
  • date, place, and court of naturalization
  • date of voter registration
  • post office address
  • able to read Constitution
  • able to write name
  • able to mark ballot
  • nature of disability
  • transferred from different voting precinct

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