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Record Description

The collection consists of Registration Affidavits of people from counties at war with the United States. The records were acquired from the the San Francisco Public Library. This collection is being published as images become available.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"California, San Francisco County,Registration Affidavits of Enemy Aliens, 1918." FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org). San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, California. FHL digital images, 81 digital folders. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts in the Registration Affidavits generally include the following:

  • Full Name of applicant
  • Date Registration was Filed
  • Address when registered
  • Age
  • Physical description
  • Photo
  • Married or not
  • Been in Military
  • Number of Children (If married)
  • Children's Gender
  • Finger prints

How to Use the Record

To search this collection using the index:

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

Click on View Image. This will allow you to look at the actual image. There is often more information on the image. Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name
  • Date registration was filed
  • Place of residence when registering

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the names and relationships as a basis for compiling family groups.
  • Use the name and address or residence to locate the individual on the census.
  • Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
  • These individuals may have later filed to become naturalized citizens.
  • If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the names.

Related Websites

San Francisco Public Library 

Related Wiki Articles

San Francisco County, California

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

  • “Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
  • “El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.

 

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