While doing some newspaper research in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, I started to
look for a death notice from 1881 from the beginning of the year because I
don't know the month or date of the death of the ancestor I am researching.
I found that the first edition of the year included a listing of those in
the County who declared their intents to apply for naturalization and those
who had been naturalized in the last calendar year. This info. may be
helpful to someone who is looking for this information and only has a rough
idea of when a naturalization took place, or if a declaration may have been
made, but not the actual naturalization. I don't know if this info. would
have been listed in other years, nor do I know if other newspapers typically
listed this type of info. in the first edition of the year, but perhaps this
info. will help someone's research.
Good luck, Patty