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25 March 2011

Update on CGS Projects with FamilySearch Indexing

The California Genealogical Society and Library is partnering with FamilySearch Indexing on its second Partner Project – the U.S., California 1852 State Census. The project is classified as “Skill level: Intermediate” and is “recommended for volunteers who are familiar with the indexing process and comfortable using various system features. The documents are old and some of the handwriting is difficult to read.”

FamilySearch is indexing the 1852 California census even though this record set is available on Once this project is complete, there are some San Francisco record sets in line to be indexed, including records of San Francisco citizens of German descent who were required to register during WWI. The San Francisco Public Library has information about the Alien enemy registration affidavits, 1918. There are several other sets to follow that will greatly assist San Francisco researchers.

Heading up the 1852 State Census project for the society is one of our new members – Maureen Stephan. Maureen joined CGS last year after she visited the library during a family vacation to San Francisco from her home in Kansas:

It was the best vacation we've ever had! We did and saw so many wonderful things. We walked up and down Lombard Street a couple of times, went on a cruise on the bay, saw the tiled steps, went on a walking tour of Chinatown and an architecture tour of downtown San Francisco, drove up to Twin Peaks and looked out over the city (we were lucky - no fog!), rode the cable cars – and ate at In-N-Out Burger for the first time (loved it!).

The Stephan family.
One day I went to the CGS Library while my husband took our two daughters up to Sacramento (my oldest daughter was born at Mather AFB) where they went to Old Town and the train museum. I had a great time at the library – everyone was so helpful. I found a couple of things about some of my relatives who used to live in San Francisco.
Maureen is able to coordinate the project for CGS from her home in Kansas for the same reason that our members can index from where ever they live. If you don’t yet have an indexing account with FamilySearch, find out how easy it is with the two-minute test drive. Follow the instructions to download the indexing program to your computer.

Once have an indexing account with FamilySearch, you will need to “join” our group. If you have any problems, either with joining the group or indexing, email Maureen and she will guide you through the process.
I'm honored to have been asked to coordinate the California 1852 state census project, and look forward to helping on more projects!  –Maureen Stephan

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library


Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

On my FamilySearch account, the 1852 CA Census was listed as "beginner." However, it was difficult to read so intermediate might be a better description. Thank you, Maureen, for coordinating this project.