United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues

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Known Issues

There are two collections listed in Historical Records for the United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942. Normally the index and browsable images would be combined into a single collection; however, the current FamilySearch design requires that each collection have only one type of image browse.

1. The first set of images has a searchable index and can also be browsed by Digital Film (DGS) numbers. Draft cards are arranged in alphabetical order within each DGS number. Using the search feature is the best way to view these records. For locality browse and name browse, use the second, related collection (see below).

Current scope:Index and images of draft cards are from Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Future scope: Indices to draft cards for other states will be added to this collection over time.

2. The second collection does not have a searchable index but can be browsed by locality, which leads into a name search. It consists of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York City (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Completeness of original United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942:
Draft cards have not yet been acquired by the Family History Department, as of December 2009, for: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York (outside NYC), North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Draft cards that were destroyed before microfilming or digitizing, or that have whereabouts as unknown as of Dec. 2009, are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maine, American Samoa, Canal Zone, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Question #1: In searching for my ancestor I am finding a discrepancy between the front and the back of the card. They do not seem to match. Can you help me with this?
Answer #1: The collection description states: "The draft registration cards are preprinted forms with information recorded on the front and back. Cards for the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were filmed with the front of one card on the same image as the back of the next card in the sequence." The collection is as was discovered and it is the way the collection was shot and the way you would encounter it if you went to the book itself.

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