Louisiana, First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940-1945 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Louisiana, 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 Alphabetically
National Archives Identifier 2169763 476
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What Is in This Collection?

The collection consists of images of 4x6 draft registration cards (SSS–1 forms) for “Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards, 1940–1945.” The cards are part Record Group 147: Records of the Selective System, 1926-1971 NAID 2169763. This collection was originally located at the NARA SW Region in Fort Wort, Texas, and is currently located at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. While the cards are part of a record group created between 1940 and 1945, they pertain to men born between February 17, 1897 and 1928. After the United States entered World War I, a Selective Service Act required that all men between the ages of 18 and 64 register for the draft. 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. The purpose of this registration was to collect information on the industrial capacity and skills of men who were born between February 17, 1897 and 1928. This draft registration was intended to provide a complete inventory of manpower resources in the United States that could be utilized for national service. Information on the cards was supplied by the individual, and recorded by a registrar.

To Browse This Collection

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


What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information on the registration cards includes:

  • Registrant's full name
  • Registrant's age
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Residence
  • Name and address of person who will always know registrant’s address
  • Employer’s name and address
  • Physical description
  • Race

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How Do I Search the Collection?

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  • The name and or birth date of your ancestor.
  • The residence or name of a family member

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How Do I Analyze the Results?

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What Do I Do Next?

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I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

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Collection Citation:

"Louisiana, First Registration Draft 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 Louisiana, First Registration Draft Cards, 1940-1945.


Image Citation:

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