1890 Great Register of Orange County

A Great Register is a list of all registered voters in California for any given election. They were compiled on a county by county basis. These lists contain only males over the age of 21. In 1990 the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA) proposed the publication of an index to these voter registration lists for 1890 to be used as a substitute for the mission 1890 Federal Census. CSGA then asked that genealogy societies volunteer to index the register for their county. Volunteers were also sought to index those counties which did not have a genealogy society. When all of the counties have been indexed on computer databases the information will be forwarded to CSGA where it will be combined and published in one large index covering the entire state.

Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS) volunteered to do the indexing for Orange County. We were fortunate to find copies of the Orange County register on microfilm at the Los Angeles Public Library, which holds copies of the originals. Carol McCracken went to the library and painstakingly made our copies of Orange County. Bob and Carol (Sausman) McCracken indexed all pages of Orange County. Then we had a team of people edit said pages. These people include: Jean Chinnici, Pat De Cou, Jean Stewart, Carol McCracken, and Chairperson Rosanne Byrne. I wish to thank my husband Bob McCracken for all the hours of computer help he provided to achieve our finished product.

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Orange County California Genealogical Society
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7111 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach, California 92648

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