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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
Draft registration records were created to determine eligibility for military service. This 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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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 21 and 31; the second was held on June 5,1918, for men who had turned 21 since the first registration, and the third was held on September 12, 1918, for men between the ages of 18 and 45.  
  
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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The registration includes cards for 24,000,000 men. Approximately 2,800,000 men were inducted into military service.The cards are arranged by state, by city or county, by local draft board, and 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.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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.
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{{Collection citation| 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-->}}  
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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 details are itemized with the images shown above. However, they generally included the following information:  
  
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
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*Age in years  
 
*Age in years  
 
*Sex is implied, since all registrants were males  
 
*Sex is implied, since all registrants were males  
*Marital status
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*Marital status  
*List of any dependents
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*List of any dependents  
 
*Address
 
*Address
  
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*Name  
 
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*Age -- 1st Registration (5 June 1917): men born 5 June 1886 to 5 June 1896<br>2nd Registration (5 June 1918): men born 6 June 1896 to 5 June 1897<br>3rd Registration (12 September 1918): for men born 12 September 1873 to 12 September 1900 <br>
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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=== Search the Collection  ===
  
To search thecollection 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 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.  
  
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.  
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If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection by image. <br> <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.  
  
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.  
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Look at each image. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.  
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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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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*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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*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 wiki article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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=== 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:  
 
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 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 .
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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.
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
  
 
*Look for variant spellings of the names.  
 
*Look for variant spellings of the names.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties and states.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties and states.
  
== Known Issues with This Collecton ==
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== 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 One 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 I Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them [https://familysearch.org/ask/help#sendMessage_Email Email]. 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 I Selective Service Draft Registration Cards,M1509]
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/163.html Records of the Selective Service System (World War I),Record Group 163]
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/charts-forms/ww1-draft-a.pdf Sample draft registration card for June 5, 1917]
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/charts-forms/ww1-draft-b.pdf Sample draft registration card for July 5, 1918]
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/charts-forms/ww1-draft-c.pdf Sample draft registration card for September 12, 1918]
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*[http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1998/fall/military-service-in-world-war-one.html Military Service in the United States Army During World War I, 1917-1919]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[United States World War I Draft Records|United States World War I Draft Records]]
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[[United States World War I Draft Records|United States World War I Draft Records]]  
  
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== How You Can Contribute ==
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Citations for This Collection ==
  
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.  
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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.  
  
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''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "United States, World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Citing NARA microfilm publication M1509. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.}}<br><br>
  
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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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&nbsp;: 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&nbsp;: n.d.
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"World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), New Mexico &gt; Rio Arriba; A-L &gt; 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&nbsp;: n.d.
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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]].
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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 21 and 31; the second was held on June 5,1918, for men who had turned 21 since the first registration, and the third was held on September 12, 1918, for men between the ages of 18 and 45.

The registration includes cards for 24,000,000 men. Approximately 2,800,000 men were inducted into military service.The cards are arranged by state, by city or county, by local draft board, and 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.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.

Record Content

'World War I had 3 different draft registrations. Each registration was slightly different. The details 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
  • Age -- 1st Registration (5 June 1917): men born 5 June 1886 to 5 June 1896
    2nd Registration (5 June 1918): men born 6 June 1896 to 5 June 1897
    3rd Registration (12 September 1918): for men born 12 September 1873 to 12 September 1900

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.

If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection 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 each image. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

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:

  • 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 wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

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 Email. 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

United States World War I Draft Records

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 One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Citing NARA microfilm publication M1509. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

Record Citation (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 I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.

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 I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.

 

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