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|title=United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Index)
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| FS_URL_01 = [[United States Military Records]]
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| FS_URL_03 = [[United States World War II Draft Records]]
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| FS_URL_04 = [[National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)]]
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| RW_URL_01 = [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/draft-cards-fourth-registration.pdf NARA Fourth Registration Reference List]
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/charts-forms/ww2-draft-4th.pdf NARA sample  4th registration draft card]
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| RW_URL_03 = [http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/archival-programs/other-records/selective-service.html NARA Selective Service Records]
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://www.archives.gov/veterans/ National Archives Veterans Service Records]
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| RW_URL_05 = [http://www.militaryindexes.com/worldwartwo/ Online World War II Records and Indexes]
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| RW_URL_06 = [https://archive.org/stream/selectiveservice00kleb#page/n0/mode/2up The Selective Service in Illinois, 1940-1947]
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== Record Description  ==
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== What Is in the Collection? ==
  
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.  
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This article describes multiple collections of the fourth World War II draft registration of men age 45-64 (born 1877-1897). The draft was conducted on April 27, 1942. This collection is part of National Archives Record Group 147, Records of the Selective Service System, 1940-.
  
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 fourth draft registration covered males ages 45 to 64. 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. Draft registration cards exist for 40 states and for Puerto Rico. For New York, cards exist only for the boroughs of New York City.&nbsp;
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The collection [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1861144 United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Index)] contains an index and images of the registration cards. The collection [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1339071 United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse)] contains only images of the registration cards. The images are arranged by state, surname letter and the first name in the browse string. Index and images for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are courtesy of Ancestry.com.
  
The cards for the following eight states were destroyed:&nbsp;
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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Sample Image ===
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<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px">
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Image:World War II Draft Registration Card.jpg|Draft Registration Card
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</gallery>
  
*Alabama&nbsp;
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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 fourth draft registration covered males ages 45 to 64. 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. Draft registration cards exist for 40 states and for Puerto Rico. For New York, cards exist only for the boroughs of New York City.
*Florida&nbsp;
 
*Georgia&nbsp;
 
*Kentucky&nbsp;
 
*Mississippi&nbsp;
 
*North Carolina&nbsp;
 
*South Carolina&nbsp;
 
*Tennessee
 
  
These records cover about 10 percent of the population.&nbsp;
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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 cards for the following eight states were destroyed:
  
This draft registration, called the Fourth Registration, or Old Man’s Registration, was held on April 27, 1942. The purpose of this registration was to collect information on industrial capacity and skills of men who were born between April 27, 1877 and February 16, 1897 (ages 45 to 64). This draft registration was not intended to be used for military service but to provide a complete inventory of manpower resources in the United States that could be utilized for national service during World War II.&nbsp;
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*Alabama
 
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*Florida
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.&nbsp;
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*Georgia
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*Kentucky
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*Mississippi
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*North Carolina
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*South Carolina
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*Tennessee
  
While the cards were created on April 27, 1942, they pertain to men born on or between April 27, 1877, and February 16, 1897.&nbsp;
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These records cover about 10 percent of the population.  
  
For a list of records by localities currently published in the United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse) collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1339071/waypoints Browse].  
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The draft registration, called the Fourth Registration, or Old Man’s Registration, was held on April 27, 1942. The purpose of this registration was to collect information on industrial capacity and skills of men who were born between April 27, 1877 and February 16, 1897 (ages 45 to 64). This draft registration was not intended to be used for military service but to provide a complete inventory of manpower resources in the United States that could be utilized for national service during World War II.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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.
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, or archive for the original records.  
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While the cards were created on April 27, 1942, they pertain to men born on or between April 27, 1877, and February 16, 1897.
  
{{Collection citation| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Selective Service System. "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards with Index." NARA microfilm publications M1939, M1936 and M1937. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. : n.d.<!--bibdescend-->}}  
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=== Coverage Table ===
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Links in the Locality field are to entries in the National Archives Catalog.
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{| class="wikitable" width="30%"
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! Locality !! Index !! Image Browse
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| Alaska ||  || style="text-align:center" | X
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/576245 Arkansas] || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/603155 California] || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2555449 Connecticut] || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/563726 Delaware] || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| Idaho ||  || style="text-align:center" | X
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/623284 Illinois] || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/623285 Indiana] || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/576248 Louisiana] || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/563727 Maryland] || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| Massachusetts || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/623283 Michigan] || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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| Nevada || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2555451 New Hampshire] || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2555983 New Jersey] || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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| New York, Bronx || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| New York, Brooklyn ||  || style="text-align:center" | X
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| New York, Kings || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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| New York, Manhattan || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| New York, Queens || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| New York, Staten Island || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/623234 Ohio] || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/576250 Oklahoma] || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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| Oregon ||  || style="text-align:center" | X
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/563728 Pennsylvania] || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| Puerto Rico || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| Rhode Island || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/576252 Texas] || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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| Vermont || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/563732 Virginia] || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| Washington ||  || style="text-align:center" | X
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/563733 West Virginia] || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/623273 Wisconsin] || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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[[United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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=== Digital Folder Number List ===
 
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This collection was published as a [[Book_and_Film_Numbers_Used_by_the_Family_History_Library#Digital_Filming_Numbers|DGS]] browse collection.  A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at [[United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 Digital Folder Number List]].  The table can be sorted by DGS number, GS number (microfilm number), the state where the registration took place, the title of the collection as it appears in the FamilySearch Catalog with a link to the record, a sequence number (SEQ) which represents the order in which the film note appears in the FamilySearch Catalog record, and the Film Note describing the contents of the DGS image folder.
=== Record Content  ===
 
 
 
Genealogical information on the registration cards includes:
 
 
 
[[Image:World War II Draft Registration Card.jpg|thumb|right|180x240px]]
 
  
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== What Can This Collection Tell Me? ==
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Information on the registration cards includes:
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*Serial number
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
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*Residence
 
*Birth date  
 
*Birth date  
*Birthplace (lists town or county and state or country)  
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*Birthplace (town or city, county, state or country)  
 
*Age  
 
*Age  
*Residence
 
 
*Mailing address  
 
*Mailing address  
*Name and address of the person who will always know the registrant’s address  
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*Name and address of person who will always know registrant’s address  
*Place of employment or business
 
 
*Employer’s name and address  
 
*Employer’s name and address  
 
*Race
 
*Race
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of the person registering for the draft.
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*The birth date and birth place of the person.
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*The state and county of residence for the registrant.
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1861144?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1339071/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links: <br>⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial page <br>⇒Select the "State" category<br>⇒Select the "Surname Letter" category<br>⇒Select the “Name" category which takes you to the images
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the State ⇒ Select the Surname Letter ⇒ Select the Name which takes you to the images.
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With either search keep in mind:
  
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.  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
Draft registration records were created to determine eligibility for military service.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
To begin your search, fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1861144 United States World War II draft registration cards, 1942]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
Use these records to learn the date and place of birth. The information could also be used to search for a birth record and for information on parents and siblings. This is the best source of birth information for men born in states where birth registration began late. Also, use the names of spouse, dependents, and residence to look for additional records about the registrant and his family.  
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When you have located your ancestor’s World War II Draft Registration record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.
  
== Known Issues with This Collection<br>  ==
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=== I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Use the birth date and place to obtain a birth certificate.
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*Use the names and residences to find the registrant and his family in census, church, and land records.
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*Continue to search the cards to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may also have registered.
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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.
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*For details about another index to these records, see the wiki article [[United States, World War II Draft Registrations (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered..  
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
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*Search the cards of nearby states.  
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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.
  
== Related Websites  ==
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1339071 United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942(image browse)]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
[http://www.militaryindexes.com/worldwartwo/ Online World War II Records and Indexes]
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== Known Issues With This Collection  ==
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered..
  
*[[United States Military Records]]
 
*[[World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945]]
 
*[[United States World War II Draft Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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==Citing This Collection==
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
  
{{Contributor_invite}}
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;Collection Citation:
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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{{Collection citation | text= "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>.http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.}}
  
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.
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{{Record_Citation}}
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{{Image_Citation}}
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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'''[[#top|Top of Page]]'''
  
"United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942" index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V481-FX1&nbsp;: accessed 19 June 2012). entry for Louis Rossi, Price, Carbon, Utah, born 19 March 1881; citing World War II Records, FHL microfilm 4,161,427; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., United States.
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
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{{Contributor_invite}}
  
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Record Description
Record Type Draft Registration Cards
Record Group RG 147: Records of the Selective Service System
Collection years 1942
National Archives Identifier 476 59923
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
National Archives and Records Administration


What Is in the Collection?

This article describes multiple collections of the fourth World War II draft registration of men age 45-64 (born 1877-1897). The draft was conducted on April 27, 1942. This collection is part of National Archives Record Group 147, Records of the Selective Service System, 1940-.

The collection United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Index) contains an index and images of the registration cards. The collection United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse) contains only images of the registration cards. The images are arranged by state, surname letter and the first name in the browse string. Index and images for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are courtesy of Ancestry.com.

Collection Content

Sample Image

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 fourth draft registration covered males ages 45 to 64. 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. Draft registration cards exist for 40 states and for Puerto Rico. For New York, cards exist only for the boroughs of New York City.

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 cards for the following eight states were destroyed:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

These records cover about 10 percent of the population.

The draft registration, called the Fourth Registration, or Old Man’s Registration, was held on April 27, 1942. The purpose of this registration was to collect information on industrial capacity and skills of men who were born between April 27, 1877 and February 16, 1897 (ages 45 to 64). This draft registration was not intended to be used for military service but to provide a complete inventory of manpower resources in the United States that could be utilized for national service during World War II.

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.

While the cards were created on April 27, 1942, they pertain to men born on or between April 27, 1877, and February 16, 1897.

Coverage Table

Links in the Locality field are to entries in the National Archives Catalog.

Locality Index Image Browse
Alaska X
Arkansas X
California X
Connecticut X
Delaware X X
Idaho X
Illinois X X
Indiana X X
Louisiana X
Maryland X X
Massachusetts X X
Michigan X
Nevada X
New Hampshire X X
New Jersey X
New York, Bronx X X
New York, Brooklyn X
New York, Kings X
New York, Manhattan X X
New York, Queens X X
New York, Staten Island X X
Ohio X X
Oklahoma X
Oregon X
Pennsylvania X X
Puerto Rico X X
Rhode Island X X
Texas X
Vermont X X
Virginia X X
Washington X
West Virginia X X
Wisconsin X X

Digital Folder Number List

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 Digital Folder Number List. The table can be sorted by DGS number, GS number (microfilm number), the state where the registration took place, the title of the collection as it appears in the FamilySearch Catalog with a link to the record, a sequence number (SEQ) which represents the order in which the film note appears in the FamilySearch Catalog record, and the Film Note describing the contents of the DGS image folder.

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

Information on the registration cards includes:

  • Serial number
  • Name
  • Residence
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace (town or city, county, state or country)
  • Age
  • Mailing address
  • Name and address of person who will always know registrant’s address
  • Employer’s name and address
  • Race

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person registering for the draft.
  • The birth date and birth place of the person.
  • The state and county of residence for the registrant.


Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.


View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial page
⇒Select the "State" category
⇒Select the "Surname Letter" category
⇒Select the “Name" category which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

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What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s World War II Draft Registration record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the birth date and place to obtain a birth certificate.
  • Use the names and residences to find the registrant and his family in census, church, and land records.
  • Continue to search the cards to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may also have registered.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • For details about another index to these records, see the wiki article United States, World War II Draft Registrations (FamilySearch Historical Records).

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the cards of nearby states.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.

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Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation
"United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942." Database with Images. FamilySearch.http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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