United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
The collection consists of a name index and images of draft registraions cards for World War I. Three registrations were conducted between 1917 and 1918 The first was held on June 5,1917 for men between the ages of 21 and 31. The second, June 5,1918 for men 21 since the first registration and a third on September 12,1918 for men between 18 and 45. The registration includes cards for 24,000,000 men. The cards are arranged by state, by city or county,by local draft board, then alphabetical by surname.The draft registartion cards are apart of Record Group 163 Records of the Selective Service System (World War I),1917-1939 and is NARA microfilm publication M1509.  
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The collection consists of an index and images of draft registration cards for World War I. Three registrations were conducted between 1917 and 1918: the first was held on June 5,1917 for men between the ages of twenty-one and thirty-one; the second, June 5,1918, for men who had turned twenty-one since the first registration; and the third on September 12, 1918, for men between the ages of eighteen and forty-five. The registration includes cards for 24,000,000 men. The cards are arranged by state, by city or county, by local draft board, then alphabetically by surname. The draft registration cards are part of Record Group 163: Records of the Selective Service System (World War I),1917-1939, NARA microfilm publication M1509.
  
=== Record Content  ===
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For a list of records by localities currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1968530/waypoints Browse].
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== Record Content  ==
  
 
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World War I had 3 differenct draft registrations. Each registration was slightly different. The detail are itemized with the images shown above. However, they generally included the following genealogical information:  
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World War I had 3 different draft registrations. Each registration was slightly different. The detail are itemized with the images shown above. However, they generally included the following information:  
  
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
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*Birthplace  
 
*Birthplace  
 
*Draft registration date  
 
*Draft registration date  
*Sometimes the father’s birthplace  
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*Sometimes, father’s birthplace  
*Name of the nearest relative was included in the second and third registrations
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*Name of nearest relative  
 
*Age in years  
 
*Age in years  
 
*Sex is implied, since all registrants were males  
 
*Sex is implied, since all registrants were males  
*First registration indicates if married and if there were any dependents  
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*Marital status
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*List of any dependents  
 
*Address
 
*Address
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
Draft registration records were created to determine eligibility for military service. Use these records to learn the date and place of birth. The information could also be used to search for a birth record and for information on parents and siblings. This is the best source of birth information for men born in states where birth registration began late. Also, use the names of spouse, dependents, and residence to look for additional records about the registrant and his family.  
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
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*Name
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*Residence
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==== Search the Collection  ====
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To search the collection by name, Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches.
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To search the collection image by image, <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the "State" <br> ⇒Select the "Local Draft Board" which takes you to the images.
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Look at the entries in the list or possible matches or the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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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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==== Using the Information  ====
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:
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*Use these records to learn the date and place of birth. The information could also be used to search for a birth record and for information on parents and siblings. This is the best source of birth information for men born in states where birth registration began late.  
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*Use the names of spouse, dependents, and residence to look for additional records about the registrant and his family such as census, church, and land records .
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
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*Look for variant spellings of the names.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties and states.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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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 I 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.archives.gov/research/military/ww1/draft-registration/index.html World War&nbsp;I Selective Service Records&nbsp;]  
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww1/draft-registration/index.html World War&nbsp;I Selective Service Records&nbsp;]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[World War I United States Military Records, 1917 to 1918|World War I United States Military Records, 1917 to 1918]]  
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*[[United States World War I Draft Records|United States World War I Draft Records]]
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citation for This Collection ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->"United States, World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918." ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org). Record Group 163 NARA M1509. National Archives and Records Center, Washington D.C. FHL microfilm, 1374 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1968530/waypoints United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918]  
 
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The suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections is found in the following article: [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]]
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.  
  
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record Found in This Collection  ====
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
  
*“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
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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.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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{{Collection citation | text= "United States, World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
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." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.
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[[Category:United_States|Military]]
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| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Selective Service System. "United States, World War One Draft Registration Cards." NARA microfilm publication number M1509. National Archives and Records Administration, East Point, Georgia : n.d. <!--bibdescend-->}}

Revision as of 21:06, 15 January 2014

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

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of an index and images of draft registration cards for World War I. Three registrations were conducted between 1917 and 1918: the first was held on June 5,1917 for men between the ages of twenty-one and thirty-one; the second, June 5,1918, for men who had turned twenty-one since the first registration; and the third on September 12, 1918, for men between the ages of eighteen and forty-five. The registration includes cards for 24,000,000 men. The cards are arranged by state, by city or county, by local draft board, then alphabetically by surname. The draft registration cards are part of Record Group 163: Records of the Selective Service System (World War I),1917-1939, NARA microfilm publication M1509.

For a list of records by localities currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Record Content

World War I had 3 different draft registrations. Each registration was slightly different. The detail are itemized with the images shown above. However, they generally included the following information:

  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Draft registration date
  • Sometimes, father’s birthplace
  • Name of nearest relative
  • Age in years
  • Sex is implied, since all registrants were males
  • Marital status
  • List of any dependents
  • Address

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name
  • Residence

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name, Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches.

To search the collection image by image,
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "State"
⇒Select the "Local Draft Board" which takes you to the images.

Look at the entries in the list or possible matches or the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person 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.

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. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use these records to learn the date and place of birth. The information could also be used to search for a birth record and for information on parents and siblings. This is the best source of birth information for men born in states where birth registration began late.
  • Use the names of spouse, dependents, and residence to look for additional records about the registrant and his family such as census, church, and land records .

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties and states.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
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

Contributions to This Article

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.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

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.


Selective Service System. "United States, World War One Draft Registration Cards." NARA microfilm publication number M1509. National Archives and Records Administration, East Point, Georgia : n.d.