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Maine, World War I Draft Registration Index, 1917-1919
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Maine, 
United States
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Location of Maine
Record Description
Record Type Military Records
Collection years 1917-1919
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
Maine State Archives, Augusta, Maine


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection includes card indexes to draft registrations in Maine during World War I acquired from the Maine State Archives. The index includes name, age, place and date of birth, marital status, residence, nationality, race, occupation, local board, relatives’ names and residence. The collection includes records from 1917 to 1919.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Draft Registration

  • Name
  • Age
  • Marital Status (M or S)
  • Residence
  • Place of Birth
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality and race


  • Occupation
  • Local (Selective Service) Board
  • Classification (Classes I- V)
  • Serial No.(Assigned by the Local Board)
  • Order No. (From the Selective Service Lottery)
  • Relatives’ names
  • Relationship
  • Address

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at Maine, World War I Draft Registration Index,1917-1919 Digital Folder Number List

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • Some other identifying information such as birth date or residence

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the Maine World War I Draft Registration Index Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

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

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

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

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. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

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

  • Use the residence to search for the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records
  • Use the information on the card to obtain the full military record
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may also have served in World War I
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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