Arkansas, Second Registration Draft Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Draft Registration Cards
Record Group RG 147: Records of the Selective System, 1926-1971
Collection years 1948-1959
Arrangement Alphabetically
National Archives Identifier 476 2173189
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What Is in the Collection?

The Arkansas, Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948-1958 consists of 4x6 cards (form SSS-1) from the Selective Service System. The cards are arranged numerically by local board number, then alphabetically by surname of registrant. Second registration cards were created for men born between 1922 and 1940. The information on the cards includes the registrant’s serial number, name, his residence, mailing, address, phone number, birth date, birth place, name of employer, address of employment, his height, weight, race, hair color, eye color, distinguishing marks, his signature, and the name and address of a person who would always know the registrant’s address. The cards are part of Record Group 147

The collection was located at the National Archives and Records Administration Southwest region in Fort Worth Texas. They are now located at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. 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.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

Registration cards include:

  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace (lists town or county and state or country
  • Residence
  • Mailing address
  • Name and address of the person who will always know the registrant’s address
  • Occupation
  • Employer’s name and address
  • Marital status
  • Physical description
  • Race

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Collection Citation:

"Arkansas, Second Draft Registration Cards, compiled 1948-1959." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing United States Selective Service System. National Archives and Records Administration, Fort Worth, Texas.

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