California State Census, 1852 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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California, United States
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Record Description
Record Type State Census
Collection years 1852
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What Is in the Collection?

The collection consists of a name index of population schedules listing the inhabitants of the state of California in 1852.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The biographical information found in this census is the following:

  • Date and place of census
  • Name of each person
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Place of birth
  • Estimated year of birth
  • Whether or not a citizen
  • Number of Whites by gender and if over 21
  • Number of Negros by gender and if over 21
  • Number of Mulatos by gender and if over 21
  • Number of Domesticated Indians by gender and if over 21
  • Number of Foreign Residents by gender and if over 21

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate age during the event or birth place of your ancestor

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the ages listed to determine approximate birth dates and find the family in additional censuses.
  • Use the information found in the record to find church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

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 State Census, 1852." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Legislature. State Archives, Sacramento.

Record (or Index) Citation
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 State Census, 1852.


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