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Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards, 1940-1945
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Louisiana, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Draft Registration Cards
Record Group RG 147: Records of the Selective System, 1926-1971
Collection years 1940-1945
Arrangement Alphabetically
National Archives Identifier 2169763 476
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of images of 4x6 draft registration cards (SSS–1 forms) for “Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards, 1940–1945.” The cards are part Record Group 147: Records of the Selective System, 1926-1971 NAID 2169763. This collection was originally located at the NARA SW Region in Fort Wort, Texas, and is currently located at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. While the cards are part of a record group created between 1940 and 1945, they pertain to men born between February 17, 1897 and 1928. After the United States entered World War I, a 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 February 17, 1897 and 1928. 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, and recorded by a registrar.

World War II Registration Dates[edit | edit source]

  • First Registration October 16, 1940: males ages 21 to 35 "within the continental United States"
  • Second Registration July 1, 1941: males "who had reached 21 sine the first registration"
  • Third Registration February 16, 1942: between the ages of 20 and 45 "who had not previously registered"
  • Fourth Registration April 27, 1942: between the ages of 45 and 65 "not eligible for military service" This registration is not included in this collection.
  • Fifth Registration June 30, 1942: between the ages of 18 and 20
  • Sixth Registration December 10-31, 1942: "those who reached the age of 18 after November 12, 1942"
  • Additional Registration between November 16 and December 31, 1943: "citizens living abroad between the ages of 18 and 45"


To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards, 1940-1945.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Information on the registration cards may include:

  • Registrant's full name
  • Registrant's age
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Residence
  • Name and address of person who will always know registrant’s address
  • Employer’s name and address
  • Physical description
  • Race

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • The residence or name of a family member

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Louisiana.

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