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== Record Description  ==
 
== 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.  
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This article describes multiple collections.  
  
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.&nbsp;
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The collection "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Index)" consists of a name index and images of cards for men, age 45-64 (born 1877-1897), included in the fourth draft conducted on April 27, 1942. The indexed portion of this publication currently includes the states of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York Bronx, New York Kings, New York Manhattan, New York Queens, New York Staten Island, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. This collection is part of National Archives Record Group 147, Records of the Selective Service System, 1940-. Index and images for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington courtesy of Ancestry.com. In August of 2013, the National Archives replaced the ARC – Archival Research Catalog - with the OPA – Online Public Access. ARC identifiers will still work to access the collections in OPA.  
  
The cards for the following eight states were destroyed:&nbsp;
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The collection "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse)" consists of a name index and images of cards for men, age 45-64 (born 1877-1897), included in the fourth draft conducted on April 27, 1942. The indexed portion of this publication currently includes the states of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York Bronx, New York Kings, New York Manhattan, New York Queens, New York Staten Island, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. This collection is part of National Archives Record Group 147, Records of the Selective Service System,1940-. Index and images for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington courtesy of Ancestry.com.
  
*Alabama&nbsp;
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=== Additional Information about these Collections  ===
*Florida&nbsp;
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*Georgia&nbsp;
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*Kentucky&nbsp;
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*Mississippi&nbsp;
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*North Carolina&nbsp;
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*South Carolina&nbsp;
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*Tennessee
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These records cover about 10 percent of the population.&nbsp;
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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.  
  
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.&nbsp;
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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 cards for the following eight states were destroyed:
  
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.&nbsp;
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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
  
While the cards were created on April 27, 1942, they pertain to men born on or between April 27, 1877, and February 16, 1897.&nbsp;
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These records cover about 10 percent of the population.  
  
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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The 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.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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.
  
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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While the cards were created on April 27, 1942, they pertain to men born on or between April 27, 1877, and February 16, 1897.  
  
{{Collection citation| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Selective Service System. "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards with Index." NARA microfilm publications M1939, M1936 and M1937. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. : n.d.<!--bibdescend-->}}  
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
Genealogical information on the registration cards includes:  
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[[Image:World War II Draft Registration Card.jpg|thumb|right|180x240px|World War II Draft Registration Card.jpg]]
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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  ==
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the State ⇒ Select the Surname Letter ⇒ Select the Name which takes you to the images.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know
  
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.
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*The name
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*Other identifying information such as the birth place, birth date or residence
  
Draft registration records were created to determine eligibility for military service.
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=== Search the Collection  ===
  
To begin your search, 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.  
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To search the collection "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942" 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.  
  
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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To search the collection "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse):" <br>⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br>⇒Select the "State" category<br>⇒Select the "Surname Letter" category<br>⇒Select the “Name" category which takes you to the images
  
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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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.  
  
== Known Issues with This Collection<br>  ==
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With either search keep in mind:
  
{{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..  
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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 article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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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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*For details about another index to these records, see the wiki article [[United States, World War II Draft Registrations (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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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.
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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 II 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.militaryindexes.com/worldwartwo/ Online World War II Records and Indexes]  
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/147.html Records of the Selective Service System, 1940 - (Record Group 147)]
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*[http://www.militaryindexes.com/worldwartwo/ Online World War II Records and Indexes]
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/charts-forms/ww2-draft-4th.pdf NARA sample  4th registration draft card]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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== Contributions to This Article ==
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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 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 II Draft Registration Cards, 1942." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>.http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing NARA microfilm. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.}} <br><br>
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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'''Record Citations''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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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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Latest revision as of 21:51, 27 July 2015

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

Contents

Record Description

This article describes multiple collections.

The collection "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Index)" consists of a name index and images of cards for men, age 45-64 (born 1877-1897), included in the fourth draft conducted on April 27, 1942. The indexed portion of this publication currently includes the states of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York Bronx, New York Kings, New York Manhattan, New York Queens, New York Staten Island, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. This collection is part of National Archives Record Group 147, Records of the Selective Service System, 1940-. Index and images for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington courtesy of Ancestry.com. In August of 2013, the National Archives replaced the ARC – Archival Research Catalog - with the OPA – Online Public Access. ARC identifiers will still work to access the collections in OPA.

The collection "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse)" consists of a name index and images of cards for men, age 45-64 (born 1877-1897), included in the fourth draft conducted on April 27, 1942. The indexed portion of this publication currently includes the states of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York Bronx, New York Kings, New York Manhattan, New York Queens, New York Staten Island, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. This collection is part of National Archives Record Group 147, Records of the Selective Service System,1940-. Index and images for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington courtesy of Ancestry.com.

Additional Information about these Collections

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 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 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.

The 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.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse).

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

To search the collection "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942" 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.

To search the collection "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse):"
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "State" category
⇒Select the "Surname Letter" category
⇒Select the “Name" category which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search 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 article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

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

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..

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Related Wiki Articles

How You Can Contribute

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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 II Draft Registration Cards, 1942." Database with Images. FamilySearch.http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing NARA microfilm. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

Record Citations (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 II Draft Registration Cards, 1942.

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 II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse).


 

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