Arkansas First Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1940 to 1945.

This collection consists of mages of draft registration cards (SSS-1 forms) covering a special classification of individuals born between 1897 and 1928. The collection was located at the NARA SW region in Fort Worth, Texas. For additional information about this collection contact the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. The cards are part of Record Group 147: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975

For additional information about this collection contact the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. The cards are part of Record Group 147: Records of the Selective Service System,1926-1975:
National Personnel Records Center

For an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the Browse

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Arkansas, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing Selective Service System. National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:

  • Full name of draftee
  • Residence at time of registration
  • Age at registration
  • Date and place of birth
  • Citizenship of country
  • Name of wife, father or mother
  • Residence of that person
  • Employer's name
  • Employer's place of business
  • Signature of Registrant

How to Use the Record

To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Surname Range" category which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

When browsing this collection it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The name and surname of the person
  • The approximate date of the event
  • The name of the parents or spouse

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 that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

Information on these records:

  • Birthday and birthplace of your ancestor
  • Residence
  • Employer
  • Name of person who will always know your address - this is often a spouse or relative
  • Description of your ancestor & their signature (on the back of the card)

Related Websites

National Archives and Records Administration

Related Wiki Articles

Arkansas Military Records

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Arkansas, First Registration Draft Cards, 1940-1945,” images, FamilySearch ( accessed 21 May, 2012), Anderson, Muriel Lee - Andrews, Almirth Briant > image 99 of 1101 images, Oscar Anderson, Registered 16 October, 1940; citing Arkansas, First Registration Draft Cards, Arkansas, United States, Draft Registration.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.