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

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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.
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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
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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 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.  
  
== Citation for This Collection  ==
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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 following citation refers to tohe original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. &nbsp;It may include the author, custodian, publisher, or archive for the original records.
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The cards for the following eight states were destroyed:
  
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*Alabama
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*Florida
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*Georgia
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*Kentucky
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*Mississippi
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*North Carolina
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*South Carolina
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*Tennessee
  
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article &lt;a _fcknotitle="true" href="Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections"&gt;Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections&lt;/a&gt;.  
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These records cover about 10 percent of the population.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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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.
  
Genealogical information on the registration cards includes:
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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.  
  
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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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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, or archive for the original records.
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{{Collection citation | text= "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>.http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.]]
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| text= "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse)." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. }}
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[[United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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Image:World War II Draft Registration Card.jpg|Draft Registration Card
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Information on the registration cards includes:
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*Serial number
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
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*Residence
 
*Birth date  
 
*Birth date  
*Birthplace (lists town or county and state or country)  
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*Birthplace (town or city, county, state or country)  
 
*Age  
 
*Age  
*Residence
 
 
*Mailing address  
 
*Mailing address  
*Name and address of the person who will always know the registrant’s address  
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*Name and address of person who will always know registrant’s address  
*Place of employment or business
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*Employer’s name and address  
 
*Employer’s name and address  
 
*Race
 
*Race
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== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
Use draft registration cards to learn an exact birth date and birthplace for a male ancestor. Use this information to then locate other record types, such as vital records.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know
  
== Record History  ==
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*The name
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*Other identifying information such as the birth place, birth date or residence
  
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.
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=== Search the Collection "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"  ===
  
The cards for the following eight states were destroyed:
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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.
  
*Alabama
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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
*Florida
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*Georgia
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*Kentucky
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*Mississippi
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*North Carolina
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*South Carolina
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*Tennessee
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These records cover about 10 percent of the population.  
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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.  
  
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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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:
  
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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*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.
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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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].
  
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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=== Using the Information ===
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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:
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*Use the birth date and place to obtain a birth certificate.  
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*Use the names and residences to find the registrant and his family in census, church, and land records.
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
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*Continue to search the cards to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may also have registered.
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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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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
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*Search the cards of nearby states.
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*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<br> ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
&lt;img class="FCK__MWTemplate" src="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" _fckfakelement="true" _fckrealelement="4" _fck_mw_template="true"&gt;For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached &lt;a href="United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues"&gt;Wiki article&lt;/a&gt;. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to &lt;a href="mailto:support@familysearch.org"&gt;support@familysearch.org&lt;/a&gt;. 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 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..  
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
&lt;a href="http://www.militaryindexes.com/worldwartwo/"&gt;Online World War II Records and Indexes&lt;/a&gt;
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[http://www.militaryindexes.com/worldwartwo/ Online World War II Records and Indexes]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*&lt;a _fcknotitle="true" href="United States Military Records"&gt;United States Military Records&lt;/a&gt;
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*[[United States Military Records]]
*&lt;a _fcknotitle="true" href="World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945"&gt;World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945&lt;/a&gt;
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*[[World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945]]
*&lt;a _fcknotitle="true" href="United States World War II Draft Records"&gt;United States World War II Draft Records&lt;/a&gt;
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*[[United States World War II Draft Records]]
  
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should 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 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.  
  
==== Example of a&nbsp;Source Citation 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]].
  
"United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942" index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 23 November 2011). entry for Aaron Taylor, born 1879; citing World War II Records, FHL micorfilm 4,161,427; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., United States.
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article &lt;a href="Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections"&gt;Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections&lt;/a&gt;.&nbsp;  
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"United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942" index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V481-FX1&nbsp;: accessed 19 June 2012). entry for Louis Rossi, Price, Carbon, Utah, born 19 March 1881; citing World War II Records, FHL microfilm 4,161,427; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., United States.
  
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Revision as of 20:00, 23 September 2013

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

Contents

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.

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:

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

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.

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.

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 Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, or archive for the original records.


"United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse)." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

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 "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"

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 image by image.
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "State"
⇒Select the appropriate "Surname Letter"
⇒Select the appropriate "Name" 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.

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 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. 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

  • 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.

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

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

Online World War II Records and Indexes

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should 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 Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942" index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V481-FX1&nbsp;: accessed 19 June 2012). entry for Louis Rossi, Price, Carbon, Utah, born 19 March 1881; citing World War II Records, FHL microfilm 4,161,427; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., United States.