Thursday, October 30, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 238: Henry Austin Carringer's 1888 Great Register of Voters Entry

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1888-1892 Great Register of Voters entry in San Diego County for Henry A. Carringer (1853-1946), my great-grandfather:

The left-hand page is above.  The right-hand page:

The entry for Henry A. Carringer (left-hand page only):

The data extracted from this entry:

*  No. 491
*  Name:  Henry A. Carringer
*  Age:  35
*  Country of Nativity:  Penn[sylvania]
*  Occupation:  Carpenter
*  Local Residence:  National [township]
*  Naturalized:  [no information]
*  Date of Registration:  August 9, 1888
*  Sworn:  Sworn
*  Cancellation:  [no information]

The source citation for this entry is (using the Evidence Explained template for "Court Record Books, local (archived off-site)"):

San Diego County, Great Register of Voters, 1888-1892, no page number, No. 491, Henry A. Carringer entry, 9 August 1888; accessed at San Diego Central Library, San Diego, Calif.

Note:  There was not a specific source template for a "Voter Register" in the RootsMagic source template list, so I used a template for something similar - "Court Record Books, local (archived off-site)." 

Henry Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer arrived in San Diego in October 1887, and settled first in National township (now National City) just south of San Diego city.  Austin worked on the railway terminus that was located in National City.   

I found this document last week when I visited the San Diego Central Library and specifically asked for the Great Register of Voters for this time period. These were apparently created for each four-year election period.  I also asked to see other Great Registers up through 1920, and they had some of them, but only for San Diego County entries.  Austin and Della moved into San Diego city by 1894, and therefore the library did not have the specific Great Registers.  I was especially interested to see how early Della Carringer registered to vote.  Perhaps the San Diego Historical Society has the registers I want.

copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

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