Yes, the great register does exist but I was referring to the naturalization papers. You can see the great Register I believe in Sacramento at the State Archives Library on film. It was the Naturalization records I was after that are referred to in the Great Reg.. Those where destroyed in the flood as per the county.
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To: Arkley & Kathy
Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2000 8:06 PM
Subject: RE: [CASANTAC ] Re: Great Registers-Naturalization Information
I certainly saw the Great Register for Santa Cruz Co sometime after 1955--must
have been in the early 1980s--so it survived the flood. The first entries were
ca. 1870 as I recall. Well worth hunting down and looking at. My recollection
is that each voter signed and wrote the information himself. I don't remember
where I saw it but it was a museum. Not the one downtown, but perhaps the one
closer to the coast. It was the most obvious place to go at that time to look
for Santa Cruz history, and I just stumbled upon it. I was asking about early
records and they brought it out to me. Beginners' luck.
Please tell us what museum you were working in that had the original
naturalization records. I've gone to the Santa Cruz area for research
several times, including to the Courthouse and Co. Recorders office. About
4 years ago, there was an incomplete set at the Recorders office. When I
went back they said they were shifted to the Court records office. When
going there, they said they didn't know where they were.
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From: Kenneth Tessendorff <k.tessendorff(a)worldnet.att.net>
Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2000 12:43 PM
Subject: Great Registers-Naturalization Information
> Good Morning,
> Yesterday I spent the day doing research in Santa Cruz county. Among
> other things, I was looking for the location of the court where an
> ancestor was naturalized. This information is usually contained in the
> Great Register books and is usually also in the Index to the Great
> The Great Registers are very large books with hand written entries for
> each individual who has registered to vote. The Indexes to the Great
> Registers are printed (type set), alphabetical lists of the same people
> taken from the Great Register books and bound in book form.
> Usually, all the information in the Great Register is also contained in
> the Indexes, but I looked at several Index books for the years after
> 1900 and found that this was not the case. Consequently, it was
> necessary to see original books to find the naturalization information
> that I needed. Fortunately, the original books were also available at
> the museum where I was doing my research.
> This was the first time I have looked for any post 1900 naturalization
> information on an ancestor, so I was unaware that the printed Indexes
> for these later years did not have all the same information that was
> usually contained in the earlier (pre 1900) versions.
> What does all this boil down to? If you happen to look at an Index to
> the Great Register for a particular county and don't find your
> ancestor's naturalization information listed, be sure to hunt down the
> original Great Register books and you will probably find the information
> BTW, I first went to the Elections Office at the Santa Cruz county
> center and the people there told me where to find the original Great
> Register books. They are to be congratulated for knowing where they
> could be found. It is often next to impossible to find anyone in a
> county office that knows where to find old records that have been
> transferred to another location. Also, the lady who helped us at the
> museum was VERY knowledgeable and was able to help us find the necessary
> information in less than 5 minutes. I did meet some resistance at the
> local library when I needed to see some old newspaper microfilm that was
> not available. The reference librarian could only tell me that the film
> was "missing" and offered no further assistance. Fortunately, I met a
> lady from the local genealogical society and when she heard about my
> problem, she marched into a back room of the library and returned with a
> man who brought out bound books of the original newspapers where I found
> the two items that I needed. Those people in Santa Cruz county seem to
> have their act together. I wish I could say the same for my own county.
> Ken T.