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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
The draft registration cards are preprinted forms with information recorded on the front and back. Cards for the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were filmed with the front of one card on the same image as the back of the next card in the sequence.  
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This article describes multiple collections.
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The collection "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Index)" consists of a name index and images of cards for men, age 45-64 (born 1877-1897), included in the fourth draft conducted on April 27, 1942. The indexed portion of this publication currently includes the states of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York Bronx, New York Kings, New York Manhattan, New York Queens, New York Staten Island, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. This collection is part of National Archives Record Group 147, Records of the Selective Service System, 1940-. Index and images for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington courtesy of Ancestry.com. In August of 2013, the National Archives replaced the ARC – Archival Research Catalog - with the OPA – Online Public Access. ARC identifiers will still work to access the collections in OPA.
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The collection "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse)" consists of a name index and images of cards for men, age 45-64 (born 1877-1897), included in the fourth draft conducted on April 27, 1942. The indexed portion of this publication currently includes the states of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York Bronx, New York Kings, New York Manhattan, New York Queens, New York Staten Island, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. This collection is part of National Archives Record Group 147, Records of the Selective Service System,1940-. Index and images for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington courtesy of Ancestry.com.  
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=== Additional Information about these Collections  ===
  
 
After the United States entered World War II, a new Selective Service Act required that all men between the ages of 18 and 64 register for the draft. The fourth draft registration covered males ages 45 to 64. The local draft board of the Selective Service System conducted the registration. The original registration cards were later sent to the regional branch of the National Archives responsible for receiving records from that state. Draft registration cards exist for 40 states and for Puerto Rico. For New York, cards exist only for the boroughs of New York City.  
 
After the United States entered World War II, a new Selective Service Act required that all men between the ages of 18 and 64 register for the draft. The fourth draft registration covered males ages 45 to 64. The local draft board of the Selective Service System conducted the registration. The original registration cards were later sent to the regional branch of the National Archives responsible for receiving records from that state. Draft registration cards exist for 40 states and for Puerto Rico. For New York, cards exist only for the boroughs of New York City.  
  
The cards for the following eight states were destroyed:  
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The draft registration cards are preprinted forms with information recorded on the front and back. Cards for the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were filmed with the front of one card on the same image as the back of the next card in the sequence. The cards for the following eight states were destroyed:  
  
 
*Alabama  
 
*Alabama  
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These records cover about 10 percent of the population.  
 
These records cover about 10 percent of the population.  
  
This draft registration, called the Fourth Registration, or Old Man’s Registration, was held on April 27, 1942. The purpose of this registration was to collect information on industrial capacity and skills of men who were born between April 27, 1877 and February 16, 1897 (ages 45 to 64). This draft registration was not intended to be used for military service but to provide a complete inventory of manpower resources in the United States that could be utilized for national service during World War II.  
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The draft registration, called the Fourth Registration, or Old Man’s Registration, was held on April 27, 1942. The purpose of this registration was to collect information on industrial capacity and skills of men who were born between April 27, 1877 and February 16, 1897 (ages 45 to 64). This draft registration was not intended to be used for military service but to provide a complete inventory of manpower resources in the United States that could be utilized for national service during World War II.  
  
 
Information on the cards was supplied by the individual but recorded by a registrar. While there was a chance of a recording error, each individual signed his card to attest that the information was correct.  
 
Information on the cards was supplied by the individual but recorded by a registrar. While there was a chance of a recording error, each individual signed his card to attest that the information was correct.  
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While the cards were created on April 27, 1942, they pertain to men born on or between April 27, 1877, and February 16, 1897.  
 
While the cards were created on April 27, 1942, they pertain to men born on or between April 27, 1877, and February 16, 1897.  
  
For a list of records by localities currently published in the United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse) collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1339071/waypoints Browse].
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
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*Other identifying information such as the birth place, birth date or residence
 
*Other identifying information such as the birth place, birth date or residence
  
=== Search the Collection "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942" ===
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=== Search the Collection  ===
  
To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.  
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To search the collection "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942" fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.  
  
If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image. <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "State" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Surname Letter" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Name" which takes you to the images  
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To search the collection "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse):" <br>⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br>⇒Select the "State" category<br>⇒Select the "Surname Letter" category<br>⇒Select the “Name" category which takes you to the images  
  
Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.  
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.  
  
Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:  
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With either search keep in mind:  
  
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
 
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].  
  
 
=== Using the Information  ===
 
=== Using the Information  ===
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*Continue to search the cards to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may also have registered.  
 
*Continue to search the cards to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may also have registered.  
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*For details about another index to these records, see the wiki article [[United States, World War II Draft Registrations (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
  
 
=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
 
=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered..  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered..  
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://www.militaryindexes.com/worldwartwo/ Online World War II Records and Indexes]  
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/147.html Records of the Selective Service System, 1940 - (Record Group 147)]
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*[http://www.militaryindexes.com/worldwartwo/ Online World War II Records and Indexes]
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/charts-forms/ww2-draft-4th.pdf NARA sample  4th registration draft card]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*[[United States World War II Draft Records]]
 
*[[United States World War II Draft Records]]
  
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'''Collection Citation'''<br> {{Collection citation | text= "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>.http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing NARA microfilm. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.}} <br><br>
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Contents

Record Description

This article describes multiple collections.

The collection "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Index)" consists of a name index and images of cards for men, age 45-64 (born 1877-1897), included in the fourth draft conducted on April 27, 1942. The indexed portion of this publication currently includes the states of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York Bronx, New York Kings, New York Manhattan, New York Queens, New York Staten Island, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. This collection is part of National Archives Record Group 147, Records of the Selective Service System, 1940-. Index and images for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington courtesy of Ancestry.com. In August of 2013, the National Archives replaced the ARC – Archival Research Catalog - with the OPA – Online Public Access. ARC identifiers will still work to access the collections in OPA.

The collection "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse)" consists of a name index and images of cards for men, age 45-64 (born 1877-1897), included in the fourth draft conducted on April 27, 1942. The indexed portion of this publication currently includes the states of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York Bronx, New York Kings, New York Manhattan, New York Queens, New York Staten Island, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. This collection is part of National Archives Record Group 147, Records of the Selective Service System,1940-. Index and images for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington courtesy of Ancestry.com.

Additional Information about these Collections

After the United States entered World War II, a new Selective Service Act required that all men between the ages of 18 and 64 register for the draft. The fourth draft registration covered males ages 45 to 64. The local draft board of the Selective Service System conducted the registration. The original registration cards were later sent to the regional branch of the National Archives responsible for receiving records from that state. Draft registration cards exist for 40 states and for Puerto Rico. For New York, cards exist only for the boroughs of New York City.

The draft registration cards are preprinted forms with information recorded on the front and back. Cards for the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were filmed with the front of one card on the same image as the back of the next card in the sequence. The cards for the following eight states were destroyed:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

These records cover about 10 percent of the population.

The draft registration, called the Fourth Registration, or Old Man’s Registration, was held on April 27, 1942. The purpose of this registration was to collect information on industrial capacity and skills of men who were born between April 27, 1877 and February 16, 1897 (ages 45 to 64). This draft registration was not intended to be used for military service but to provide a complete inventory of manpower resources in the United States that could be utilized for national service during World War II.

Information on the cards was supplied by the individual but recorded by a registrar. While there was a chance of a recording error, each individual signed his card to attest that the information was correct.

While the cards were created on April 27, 1942, they pertain to men born on or between April 27, 1877, and February 16, 1897.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse).

Record Content

Information on the registration cards includes:

  • Serial number
  • Name
  • Residence
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace (town or city, county, state or country)
  • Age
  • Mailing address
  • Name and address of person who will always know registrant’s address
  • Employer’s name and address
  • Race

How to Use the Records

To begin your search it is helpful to know

  • The name
  • Other identifying information such as the birth place, birth date or residence

Search the Collection

To search the collection "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942" fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.

To search the collection "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse):"
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "State" category
⇒Select the "Surname Letter" category
⇒Select the “Name" category which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the birth date and place to obtain a birth certificate.
  • Use the names and residences to find the registrant and his family in census, church, and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the cards of nearby states.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered..

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation

"United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942." Database with Images. FamilySearch.http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing NARA microfilm. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

Record Citations (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942.

Image Citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse).


 

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