Great Register

The "Registry Act," of March 19, 1866 required the registration of all prospective voters. The county clerk was reqired to provide suitable books to be known as the "Great Register." When the Political Code was adopted in 1872 the first printing of the "Register" began. The name of voters are in alphabetical order.

By 1899 the county clerk was required to arrange registrations in precinct packages and changed the name to "Index to Precient Register."

Collection Information

The project to copy the early Great Registers and Index's began in 2005. The collection covers the period from 1873 to 1926. The 1872 Great Register is online at Mariposa Research web site. The original copies are located in the vault of the Mariposa Museum and History Center on Highway 140 in the Town of Mariposa.

List of index's in my collection
1873, 1875, 1884 thru pg-14, 1886, 1888, 1890, 1892, 1894, 1896, 1902, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1910, 1912, 1914, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1924 and 1926.
Index Work History - Last update: Feb 21, 2008. 1884 now A to F

1886 - 1/31/08 + "A's". 2/12/08 + "B's".

1884 - 2/13/08 + "A" - "C", 3/14/08 + "D" & "E", 3/15/08 + "F", 3/20/08 + "G", 3/21/08 "H" - "L", also finished this index this date.

On Going Project

The 1912 Index was choosing as the first published index because it includes women for the first time.

Great Register Notes (Click to open)

1884 Great Register - This is not a complete register. M through Z was lost at some point in history. However, the original copy A through L is very readable. Although I have no idea how much of "L" was lost. 1886 is very hard to read. To save time, 1886 will be built using 1884 portion. The document has 14 pages with 746 names.

Last Name, First & Middle, Age, Born location, Occupation, local location.

1912 Great Register - The index was prepared for the November 5, 1912 general election and was printed by the Mariposa Gazette Print.

The document has 54 pages with Certificate signed by W. E. Gallison, County Clerk. There are 1,623 individuals listed, covering 21 precincts. The index has been sorted by alphabetical last name to make it easier to find family names. Page and number on page are referenced to the original index.

Last name, first name; sex; occupation; address and party affiliation are shown.