United States, World War II Draft Registrations (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Revision as of 17:29, 5 June 2014

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of an index to the fourth registration draft cards for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington for the year 1942. The index is courtesy of Ancestry.com.

Record Content

The index includes:

  • Serial number
  • Name
  • Residence
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace (town or city, county, state or country)
  • Age
  • Mailing address

How to Use the Record

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 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. 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.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • 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.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

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. Use the information listed to locate your ancestor's draft card. For details about draft cards see the wiki article United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur. If you are unable to find your ancestor, check for variant spellings of the names. You could also search the draft records of nearby localities and states.

General Information about These Records

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.

Related Websites

Online World War II Records and Indexes

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to this Article

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Keep track of records where you did not find information about your ancestor so you and others will not waste time looking through these records in the future.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

“United States, World War II Draft Registrations, 1942.” Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.