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The collection consists of a name 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 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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- 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.
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:
- Birth date
- Draft registration date
- Sometimes the father’s birthplace
- Name of the nearest relative was included in the second and third registrations
- Age in years
- Sex is implied, since all registrants were males
- First registration indicates if married and if there were any dependents
How to Use the Record
To search the collection, 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 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.
To search by name, Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors 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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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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"World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, FamilySearch "(https://ds.familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K3R7-1KQ : accessed 02 Aug 2012), Eugene Robert, born 29 June 1892, Marion, Mississippi; citing 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.
"World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), New Mexico > Rio Arriba; A-L > image 1335 of 1431, Martin Lopez, born November 11, 1890, Parkview, New Mexico; citing 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.
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