Arkansas, Second Registration Draft Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: Arkansas, Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948-1959 .
This Collection will include records from 1948 to 1959.
The collection consists of 4x6 cards (form SSS-1), which are arranged numerically by local board number, then alphabetically by surname of registrant. The cards cover the years 1948-1959 but they list individuals born between 1922 and 1940.
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.
For an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
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 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 1922 and 1940. 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.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "Arkansas, Second Draft Registration Cards, compiled 1948-1959" Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing United States Selective Service System. National Archives and Records Administration, Fort Worth, Texas.
Genealogical information on the registration cards includes:
- Birth date
- Birthplace (lists town or county and state or country
- Mailing address
- Name and address of the person who will always know the registrant’s address
- Employer’s name and address
- Marital status
- Physical description
How to Use the Record
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors 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.
Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
Be sure and view the image because there is additional information.
Information on these records:
- Birthday and birthplace of your ancestor
- Name of person who will always know your address - this is often a spouse or relative
- Single or married
- Description of your ancestor & their signature (on the back of the card)
To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Local Board Number and Surname" category which takes you to the images
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, 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. For example:
- Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth to locate census, church, and land records.
- Use the occupation to locate business or employment records.
- Use the race and residence to locate ethnic and specialized records such as Indian censuses and school records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Compiling the entries for every person who has the same surname can be helpful in determining related individuals. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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