Arkansas First Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Arkansas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Draft Registration Cards
Record Group RG 147: Records of the Selective System, 1926-1971
Collection years 1940-1945
Arrangement Alphabetical by the registrant's name
National Archives Identifier 2169533 476
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What is in the Collection?

This collection consists of index and images of draft registration cards (SSS-1 forms) covering a special classification of individuals born between 1897 and 1928.The collection was located at the NARA SW region in Fort Worth Texas. For additional information about this collection contact the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. The cards are part of Record Group 147: Records of the Selective Service System,1926-1975. Currently, the index records for this collection are incomplete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.

For additional information about this collection contact the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. The cards are part of Record Group 147: Records of the Selective Service System,1926-1975:
National Personnel Records Center

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Arkansas First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945.

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Registrant’s Information may include:

  • Full Name
  • Address at time of registration
  • Age at registration
  • Date and place of birth
  • Country of Citizenship
  • Signature (on back of card)
  • Physical Description

Draft Card may also contain:

  • Spouse’s Name (if married at time of registration)
  • Name of Father and/or Mother
  • Address of parents and/or spouse
  • Employer’s name and place of employment
  • Name of person who will always know registrant’s address (often parent, spouse or other relative)


How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search, it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of registrant.
  • The age of registrant.
  • The names of the parents of registrant.
  • The name of the registrant's spouse.
  • The place of registration.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then select the "Surname Range" category.


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [FamilySearch Tips and Tricks].

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Arkansas, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Arkansas Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached 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.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Arkansas, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Selective Service System. National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

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 Arkansas, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945.


Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Arkansas First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945.

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