My research has led me to discover that William (Willie) and his wife Alice had migrated to Pasadena, California. I had discovered in my study of the family reunion photographs of 1924 that Charlotte Anne Boardman came down from Seattle to Pasadena with Robert and Ethel Boardman’s family. She then remained behind to live with Willie and Alice. The 1920 U.S. Census established that Willie and Alice were living in Pasadena and the 1930 U.S. Census also placed them there along with Charlotte.
I set about to dig a little further into Willie’s life. William and Alice had applied for Naturalization and the records were at the Laguna Hills NARA (National Archives) Branch in California. Back in 2003, they did not have the naturalizations online. I write about the experience in my Trip Journal of February 2003 to San Diego:
“Our goal was to drive up to San Juan Capistrano and stay there for two nights while I did research at the Laguna Niguel, NARA (National Archives) Pacific Branch. They actually had two in California. There is another in San Francisco. It took about two hours to drive up the coast from San Diego and it was in pretty heavy traffic. Fortunately, we left a little early and were able to get through without too much trouble. We found our Best Western in San Juan Capistrano right off I-5 to the East.
The next day we were up fairly early to go to the NARA facility at Laguna Niguel which was only ten minutes from our hotel in San Juan Capistrano. This facility looks like a layered cake with a large base and sections growing smaller as it goes up. It was painted a funny yellow. It looked like it might have been a bomb shelter or government facility other at an earlier time. The security man did not know what it was intended for when we inquired.
The research room was large and nicely set up with plenty of space to move around. They were more casual in their rules than the Seattle NARA facility as well as bigger. I cruised around and grabbed information sheets and studied what they had in this facility. I started looking at Los Angeles and Pasadena city directories on microfilm. Apparently they had these films because of the 1930 U.S. Census needing address and location information to assist people in finding a person. They only had from 1928 to 1931 for Los Angeles and Pasadena in the directories.
I asked at the desk and found them very helpful and very friendly. The assistant gave me a handout of different research facilities in the Los Angeles area and he also told me that the Los Angeles Library had a very good supply of City Directories from all over the US. He showed me the list.
My task was to find naturalization papers for William T. Boardman and his wife Alice. It took a little time to figure out the microfilm reels. Fortunately for me they had a handout that explained how to do naturalization research and that was of great benefit. At first I thought I had the wrong microfilm reel because it said San Diego not Los Angeles on it but I did find William T. and Alice in the index and wrote all that down and then I was able to locate their naturalization papers which were on another microfilm. They were not the originals but copies. This meant that the photographs of them were not going to print very well on the microfilm reader/printer, so I was going to have to do the best I could.
As always, some good information is found and other information just adds to the puzzle. In this case, I learned how they came into the US and it was through Blaine, WA by the railroad (difficult to say) and it really didn’t say how they got to Los Angeles. There was the use of the term RR or RY and I am not sure what that means. Alice’s name is written as Daisy Emily Alice Boardman. No wonder I can’t find her in the death records. The place of her birth is still a mystery. The census says Australia but in her naturalization papers it says she was born in Vancouver, BC and they married there as well. It did not say who their parents were but it did confirm that William T. was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The papers described their children.
The city directories only went up to 1931 so I was not able to trace the children out and see where they went. I am on the hunt for potential cousins. I do not know if their children William E. and Robert had any children. We will see. “
Much to my surprise this Laguna Nigel NARA Branch archive was closed in 2009. I believe they still use it for records. So it was a good thing that we had taken the time to go there and experience it. It is now at Riverside according but I would study NARA’s website very carefully for where the records have been moved. http://www.archives.gov/locations/
According to their Certificates of Arrival they entered the United States at Blaine, Washington on Dec. 2, 1919 via RR. How they migrated further to California is not clear.
Source: Certificate of Arrival for Wm. T. Boardman, US Dept. of Labor, #23-28811, arrived Dec. 2, 1919, signed October 9, 1935. Certificate of Arrival for Daisy Emily Alice Boardman, Certificate #23-28810, arrived Dec. 2, 1919, signed Oct. 21, 1935, U.S. Dept. of Labor.
In 1935 Willie and Daisy both applied for their Declarations of Intention and received their naturalization by 9 Feb 1938. These were microfilmed copies so the quality of the photographs is not that good but still gives an idea of how they looked.
Declaration of Intent for William T. Boardman:
Declaration of Intention for William T. Boardman, residing at 130 No. Catalina, Pasadena, CA. Occupation is retail druggist. Aged 49, male, white, complexion is dark, eyes are blue, hair is dk. brown, height is 5 ft, 6 inches, weight 150 lbs. with a scar on the chin. His race is English, nationality British. Born in Winnipeg, Canada on January 17, 1884. He was married on July 6, 1908 in Vancouver, Canada. His wife’s name is Daisy. She was born on Dec. 10, 1890 in Vancouver, Canada. They entered the US at Blaine, WA on December 2, 1919 and he now resides in Pasadena, CA. He has 2 children who reside with him Wm. born on April 2, 1914 and Robert born on April 14, 1917. Both children were born in Canada. Signed in Los Angeles, Calif. on the 5th day of November, 1935 Certificate No. 23-28811. They came into the US on the vessel Ry.
Source: #73435, Nov. 5, 1935, Vol. 126, Pg. 35, #M1525 I20 (Cabinet VI) 1915-1930 1st Draw, Los Angeles District Court, U.S. Department of Labor, Pacific Region – NARA.
William’s Naturalization paper:
#58246 (pg. 164?) Petition for Naturalization for William Thomas Boardman, living at 130 No. Catalina Ave., Pasadena, CA. Occupation druggist. Born in Winnipeg, Canada on Jan. 17, 1884. He is of the English race. Declared Intention on Nov. 5, 1935 in the District of the US at Los Angeles, CA. His wife is named Daisy and they were married on July 6, 1908 at Vancouver, Canada. She was born in Vancouver, Canada on Dec. 10, 1890. They entered the US at Blaine, WA on Dec. 2, 1919 and she now resides with him. He has 2 children. William born 4/2/1914 in Vancouver, Canada and now lives in Alhambra, CA. Robert was born 4/14/1917 in Vancouver, CA and lives with him at this time. His last residence was Vancouver, Canada. He entered the US at Blaine, WA by RR on Dec. 2, 1919 and now lives in Los Angeles County, presiding Feb. 1923. He signs it as William Thomas Boardman. His witnesses are Edward Roeth a plumber who lives at 35 So. Wilson Ave., Pasadena, CA and Harold Surber a State Humane Officer residing at 931 E. Grand, San Gabriel, CA. Signed on Feb. 9, 1938 in the Court of Los Angeles, CA #23-2881 and #73435. U.S. District Court in Southern District of California.
Source: #58246, Feb. 9, 1938, Vol. 237, Pg. 164#M1525, I20 (Cabinet VI) 1915-1930 1st Draw, U.S. Dept. of Labor Index, Petitions #1524 58038-58485 Roll #216, Los Angeles Court 1887-1991, Pacific – NARA.
Alice’s Declaration of Intention:
Daisy Emily Alice Boardman declares her intention of becoming a U.S. citizen. She is residing at 130 No. Catalina, Pasadena, CA. She is an Asst. Pharmacist. She is 42 years old, female, white with a dark complexion, brown eyes, brown hair. She is 5 ft, 8 inches tall and 130 lbs. She has no visible marks. Her race is English and nationality is British. She was born in Vancouver, CA on December 18, 1890. Her husband’s name is Wm. Boardman and they were married on July 6, 1908 in Vancouver, Canada. He was born in Winnipeg, Canada on Jan. 17, 1884. They entered the U.S. at Blaine, WA on December 2, 1919. She has two children and they reside with her. Wm.E. 4/2/1914 and Robt 4/14/1917 both born in Canada. She came to the U.S. by way of “Ry.” #23-28810. District Court of the U.S. of Los Angeles, Southern District of California, Co. of Los Angeles.
Source: #73434, Nov. 5, 1935,#M1525, I20 (Cabinet IV) 1915-1930 – 1st draw, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Immigration and Naturalization, Los Angeles District Court 1887-1991, Pacific Region NARA
Alice’s Naturalization paper reads:
Petition for Naturalization for Daisy Emily Alice Boardman residing at 130 No. Catalina Ave., Pasadena, CA. Occupation is a Pharmacist. She was born in Vancouver,
WA B.C. on Dec. 10, 1890. Her race is English her nationality is British. She declared her intention to become a citizen on Nov. 5, 1935 at the District Court of the U.S. in Los Angeles, CA. Her husband’s name is Wm. T. Boardman and they were married on July 6, 1908 in Vancouver, Canada. He was born in Winnipeg, Canada on Jan. 17, 1884. They entered the U.S. at Blaine, WA on Dec. 2, 1919 and he resides with her along with their 2 children, William 4/2/1914, Robert 4/1/17, both born in Vancouver, Canada and reside in Los Angeles, CA. They came into the U.S. by “RR.” Her witnesses were the same persons as her husband Wm. T. Boardman’s.
Source: #58245, #M1525, I20 (Cabinet VI) 1915-1930 1st Draw Index, Petitions M1524, 58038-58485, Roll #216, U.S. Department of Labor, District Court of the U.S., Los Angeles, CA, Pacific NARA.
Both declared their allegiance to the United States through their Oaths of Allegiance.
From these documents we learn a lot about William, Alice and their children. If you have a subscription to Ancestry.com you can view these documents online under their “U.S. Naturalization Records – Original Documents, 1795 to 1972 (World Archives Project)” rather than go and visit the NARA branches, although I do have to admit they are an adventure to find and a joy to visit. The other option is to figure out what branch of NARA the papers are housed at an order a copy online.