California State Census, 1852 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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?

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the California State Archives.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

records.

  • Search for death or burial information in BillionGraves Index.
  • If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records as well.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.

I Can’t Find the Person 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 a nearby locality.
  • 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 infobox above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying you sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"California State Census, 1852." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Legislature. State Archives, Sacramento.
Record Citation:
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