1935 DAR Transcription of the 1852 California Census for Santa Clara County
Although California joined the United States in 1850, it missed the federal census. 1852 was the first census taken in the state. In 1935 as part of the WPA projects, the DAR transcribed the census. The original census was filmed in the 1970s but was already of poor quality and the original sheets were destroyed.
What follows here is a reproduction of the Santa Clara Co portion of the DAR transcription. The films for this transcription for the whole state can be found in our library. See California census of 1852. Copied under the direction of the California Genealogical Records Committee, Daughters of the American Revolution : City of Santa Clara call # GR 929.3794 C153 Microfilm Roll 1, GR 929.3794 C153 Microfilm Roll 2, GR 929.3794 C153 Microfilm Roll 3.
In addition, we have purchased a CD from the Southern California Genealogical Society. The Society spent eight years comparing the DAR work and the films of the original census. This is also available in our library Central Locked Case call# CD-ROM 979.4 S72.
The introduction and explanation of the the California 1852 Census Project can be found here. (pdf)
This index is an alphabetical list of all names (by Surname and by Given Name) in the 1852 Census for Santa Clara County. You can use your browser's "Find" feature to facilitate your search or use the search option listed below. Some of the files are rather large and may take a while to load.
The Census can be viewed on microfilm at the Central Park Library or you can rent the film from your local Family History Center Microfilm FHL US/CAN Film #558286.