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
National Archives Identifier 2169763
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of images of "Draft Registration Cards for Louisiana, 1940 to 1945." The cards are arranged numerically by local board number, then alphabetically by surname of registrant. The 4x6 cards (SSS-1 forms) cover 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.

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 

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. 

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 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.

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

Collection Content

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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

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search you will need to know the following:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate birth date

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Fill in the requested information on 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.

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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

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  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • 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.

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Collection Citation:

"Louisiana, First Registration Draft Cards, 1940-1945." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. 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:

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 Louisiana, First Registration Draft Cards, 1940-1945.

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