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 Alien Registration Affidavits
Collection years 1918
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This collection contains a digital browse. Clicking on the "Browse through images" link on the collection page will take you to a list of digital film numbers. The list does not contain any description of the content of the film. To see a description of the content see California, San Francisco, Registration Affidavits of Enemy Alien, 1918 in the FamilySearch Catalog.

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.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

  • 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

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Information in the Registration Affidavits generally include the following:

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Collection Citation

"California, San Francisco, World War I Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits, 1918." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing County Clerk. San Francisco Public Library, History and Archives.

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