Ancestry has opened up it's World War 1 Draft Registration records for
visitors of Access Genealogy for free. This will cover a 14 day period
between July 4 - July 17 2005. The only thing required to view the
records is an email address and your name. No credit card required!
is not a 14 day trial of all of their material. It is strictly limited
to their World War 1 Draft Registration images.
In 1917 and 1918, approximately 24 million men living in the United
States completed a World War I draft registration card. These
registration cards represent approximately 98% of the men under the
of 46. The total U.S. population in 1917-1918 was about 100 million
individuals. In other words, close to 25% of the total population is
represented in these records.
The WWI draft registration cards database can be an extremely useful
resource because it covers a significant portion of the U.S. male
population in the early twentieth-century. If you had family in the
United States during WWI, you are likely to find at least one
information within this large collection. In addition, these cards
contain more than just names and dates; they contain significant
genealogical information such as birthplace, citizenship status, and
information on the individual's nearest relative.
In general, the registration cards included the following information
Date and place of birth
Age, race, and country of citizenship
Occupation and employer
Physical description (hair and eye color, height, disabilities)
Additional information such as address of nearest relative, dependent
relatives, marital status, father's birthplace, or previous exemption
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