Declarations of Intent - US District Court for the Southern District of California, Central Division (Los Angeles)
Volume 1 ~ October 4, 1906 through April 3, 1911 ~ Intentions 1 to 800 (362 pp)
The records contain a wealth of information about the declarant. You will find more than just the name, age, and present address. Included are the birth date and location of birth, a physical description of the person, and the method of transport to the United States together with the port of entry. Some information may be missing due to the declarant’s omission.
The history of the early 20th century is mirrored in these pages. Included in Volume 1 is Declaration No. 0683 for Johan Nicholas Thornam, born while his parents were visiting Russia and at the time of his declaration, he was serving at the U.S. Bureau of Navigation in the Philippine Islands. With an eye toward unstable political situation in Europe, mid-decade immigration policy required Declarants to agree that they would be available for military service. In Volume 3, you’ll find Intention No. 2923 for Henry Schlumpf. Apparently Mr. Schlumpf did not want to serve in the military, so he withdrew his application, revealing no information about himself other than his name and the country of his birth.
As additional research help, indices provide the then-current addresses to help locate other relatives who may have filed their Declarations during the same period. Appendix two is an alphabetical index by location of the places that the declarants claimed as their birthplaces. Separate indices cover Volumes 1&2 and Volumes 3&4.
Lundstrom, Ture Edwin Intention No. 1243
Ture Edwin Lundstrom, aged 32 years, whose occupation is Carpenter, was born in Gislof, Simrishamn, Sweden on March 08, 1880. Mr. Lundstrom presently resides at 150 Colima Ave., Los Angeles, California. He departed from the port of Southampton, England on the vessel Titanic & transferred to Carpathia in mid-ocean, arriving at the port of New York in the State of New York about April 18, 1912. His last foreign address was Simrishamn, Sweden.
Mr. Lundstrom’s physical description: Color: White; Complexion: Fair; Height: 5' 6"; Weight: 145 pounds; Hair Color: Light Brown; and Eye Color: Blue. Other distinctive marks: None. With his Declaration of Intention signed before Wm. M. Van Dyke, Clerk of the United States District Court, Southern District California by Chas. N. Williams, Deputy Clerk on February 25, 1913, Ture Edwin Lundstrom renounces his allegiance to Gustavus V, King of Sweden.