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Military records specialist William Spencer talks about WO 97, one of The National Archives' most popular record series. This series holds detailed and comprehensive military records of over 1.5 million soldiers who served in the British Army between 1760 and 1913. This talk reveals the enlightening information found in the records, for anyone with ancestors who served in the army during this period.
All males born between September 1872 and September 1900 (citizens and aliens alike) who were not already in U.S. military service were required by congressional conscription acts to register for the draft in light of the Great War—World War 1. Learn how to research draft cards and other sources.