California Voting Records
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Online Resources[edit | edit source]
- 1866-1898 : California, Voter Registers, 1866-1898 at Ancestry.com - index and images ($)
- 1900-1968 : California, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 at Ancestry.com - index and images ($)
Voting Rights History[edit | edit source]
- By 1856: Universal white male suffrage
- 1870: The 15th Amendment is passed and prohibits restricting suffrage based on race
- 1911: Women are given the right to vote
What Can be Found in the Records[edit | edit source]
For more information about how Voter Records can help your genealogical research see United States Voting Records.
Voting records often contain:
- Birth place
- Years living in city, county, state
- Whether naturalized, date, court
How to Find Voter Records[edit | edit source]
Most voter records were kept on the county level (for New England states this should be town level). To see what FamilySearch has for your county (town) of research follow these steps:
- Go to the FamilySearch Catalog and in the place field type in California
- Go to United States, California
- Once there, click on "Places within United States, California"
- Select the county that contains your town of interest
References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia contributors, "Timeline of voting rights in the United States," in "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_voting_rights_in_the_United_States, accessed 2 February 2020.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Black suffrage," in "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia," https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_suffrage#United_States, accessed 2 February 2020.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Women's suffrage in the United States," in "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia," https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_suffrage_in_the_United_States, accessed 2 February 2020.