Arkansas, Second Registration Draft Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

The collection consists of 4x6 cards (form SSS-1), which are arranged numerically by local board number, then alphabetically by surname of registrant. The cards cover the years 1948-1959 but they list individuals born between 1922 and 1940.

The collection was located at the National Archives and Records Administration Southwest region in Fort Worth Texas. They are now located at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. 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 an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

After the United States entered World War II, a new 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 1922 and 1940. 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 but recorded by a registrar. While there was a chance of a recording error, each individual signed his card to attest that the information was correct.

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United States Selective Service System. Arkansas,Draft Registration Cards, compiled 1948-1959. National Archives and Records Administration, Arkansas.

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Record Content

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Genealogical information on the registration cards includes:

  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace (lists town or county and state or country
  • Residence
  • Mailing address
  • Name and address of the person who will always know the registrant’s address
  • Occupation
  • Employer’s name and address
  • Marital status
  • Physical description
  • Race

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  • Name
  • State of residence

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  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
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  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Related Websites

Arkansas World War I Draft Registration 

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

Arkansas, Draft Registration Cards, compiled 1948-1959," images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/:accessed 17 April 2012), LB 64, Evans, Ambrose Wilburn - Hamblin, Tommy Norman > Image 3 of 1019, Evans, Floyd Robert, born 16 May 1931, died 28 February 1951; citing Arkansas, draft registration cards, compiled 1948-1959 : NARA, RG147, United States. Selective Service System, National Archives and Records Administration.

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