Maine, World War I Draft Registration Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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What is in the Collection?

The collection includes card indexes to draft registrations in Maine during World War I acquired from the Maine State Archives. The index includes name, age, place and date of birth, marital status, residence, nationality, race, occupation, local board, relatives’ names and residence. The collection includes records from 1917 to 1919.

Collection Contents

These records generally contain the following information:
  • Name
  • Place and date of birth
  • Marital Status
  • Residence
  • Nationality and race
  • Occupation
  • Relatives’ names

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know

  • The name of your ancestor
  • Some other identifying information such as birth date or residence

To search the collection by name:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your 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. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the residence to search for the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records.
  • Use the information on the card to obtain the full military record.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may also have served in World War II.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names.
  • 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 with the same family number.

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Citing this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that 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:

"Maine, World War I Draft Registration Index, 1917-1919." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Maine State Archives. Augusta.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.