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Ancestry's World War II Draft Registration Cards
When I heard that the WW II Draft Registration Cards were online at Ancestry I immediately started searching for family members. I used all search combinations I could possibly think of and had no success in finding relatives or anyone from my research areas. Then I decided to read the Database Description and found a reason for my lack of success. I was looking for men born after 1900. Read the descripton below if you are not having any success, perhaps your reasons for the lack of success is similar.
"When all else fails, read the instrutions"
The U.S. officially entered World War II on 8 December 1941 following an attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Just about a year before that, in October 1940, President Roosevelt had signed into law the first peacetime selective service draft in U.S. history, due to rising world conflicts. After the U.S. entered WWII a new selective service act required that all men between ages 18 and 65 register for the draft. Between November 1940 and October 1946, over 10 million American men were registered.
This database is an indexed collection of the draft cards from the Fourth Registration, the only registration currently available to the public. The Fourth Registration, often referred to as the "old man's registration", was conducted on 27 April 1942 and registered men who born on or between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897 - men who were between 45 and 64 years old - and who were not already in the military.
Information available on the draft cards includes:
Name of registrant
Name and address of person who would always know the registrants whereabouts
Physical description of registrant (race, height, weight, eye and hair colors, complexion)
Additional information such as mailing address
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