California, San Francisco, World War I Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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San Francisco, California, United States
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Record Description
Record Type World War I
Collection years 1918
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What is in the Collection?

Subjects of the German Empire age 14 and older " living within the United States were required to register with the Justice Department during World War I. This collection consists of registration affidavits for California and was acquired from the the San Francisco Public Library. This collection is being published as images become available.

Collection Content

Information 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 Do I Search the Collection?

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

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

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals 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. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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What Do I Do Next?

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.

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Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"California, San Francisco, World War I Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits, 1918." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing County Clerk. San Francisco Public Library, History and Archives.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for California, San Francisco, World War I Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits, 1918.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Francisco, World War I Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits, 1918.