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

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Record Description
Record Type Draft Registration cards
Record Group RG 147: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975
Collection years 1897-1945
Arrangement Alphabetically by registrant's name.
National Archives Identifier 476
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, for the state of Georgia. The index cards are located at the NARA - Southeast Regional facility. The collection covers all counties and is alphabetical. This collection includes records from 1897 to 1942.

While the cards were created on April 27, 1942, they pertain to men born on or between 1897 and 1929. The draft registration cards are preprinted forms with information recorded on the front and back and is arranged alphabetically by surname. The collection is part of Record Group 147: Records of the Selective Service System and was acquired from the National Archives Southeast Region in Morrow, Georgia.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Georgia, World War II, Draft Registration Cards, 1897-1942.

Collection Content

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What Can the Collection Tell Me?

Draft registration cards usually contain the following details:

  • Name and Serial No.
  • Place of residence and telephone number
  • Date and place of birth
  • Age
  • Name of person who will always know your permanent address
  • Employer's name and address
  • Name of business of employer
  • Race
  • Physical description (height, weight, color of hair and eyes)

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The age of your ancestor.
  • The person's date of birth.
  • The place where the person registered.
  • The names of family members and their relationships.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
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. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Surname Range" category which takes you to the images.

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

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s draft registration card, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the birth date or along with the residence or place of birth to locate a birth certificate and other records such as church, school, and land records.
  • The person to notify in case of emergency is usually a close relative such as a parent or spouse.
  • Use the birth date and birth place or residence to search for census records.
  • Compile the entries for other individuals who have the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been also belonged to the National Guard.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • 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 that may be your ancestor.

General Information About These Records

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 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.

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.

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:

"Georgia World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1897-1942." Database with Images. FamilySearch: accessed 2016. Citing Selective Service System. National Archives and Records Administration, Southeast Region, Morrow.

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 Georgia, World War II, Draft Registration Cards, 1897-1942.


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 Georgia, World War II, Draft Registration Cards, 1897-1942.


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