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Friday, May 26, 2006

World War II Draft Registration Cards Online

Just in time for Memorial Day, Ancestry.com has put online World War II Draft Registration Cards. These are from the "old man's registration" conducted Apr. 27, 1942, which covered those men born between Apr. 28, 1877, and Feb. 16, 1897, not already in the military. About one-third of the total registrants are included in this release.

Information available on the draft cards includes:
  • Name of registrant
  • Age
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Residence
  • Employer information
  • 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 (if different from residence address), serial number, order number, and board registration information may also be available.

This database currently contains draft cards for the following states:
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

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