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|title=United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Index)
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|title2=United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse)
 
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== Collection Time Period  ==
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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.  
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| record_type = Draft Registration Cards
== Record Description  ==
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| record_group_nr = 147
 
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| record_group_title = [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/147.html Records of the Selective Service System]
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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=== Record Content  ===
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| alt_flag_desc = US Flag 1912-1959 (48 stars)
[[Image:World War II Draft Registration Card.jpg|thumb|right]]  
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Genealogical information on the registration cards includes:
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*Name
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*Birth date
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*Birthplace (lists town or county and state or country)  
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| micro_pub_nr_03 =
*Age
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| micro_pub_title_03 =  
*Residence
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| micro_pub_rolls_03 =  
*Mailing address
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| micro_pub_nr_04 =  
*Name and address of the person who will always know the registrant’s address
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| micro_pub_title_04 =  
*Place of employment or business
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| micro_pub_rolls_04 =  
*Employer’s name and address
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| coll_series =  
*Race
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| arrangement =
 
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| NAID =[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/476 476] [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/599223 59923]
== How to Use the Records  ==
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| FS_URL_01 = [[GuidedResearch:United States|United States Guided Research]]
Use draft registration cards to learn an exact birth date and birthplace for a male ancestor. Use this information to then locate other record types, such as vital records.
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| FS_URL_02 = [[United States Record Finder]]
 
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| FS_URL_03 = [[United States Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
== Record History  ==
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| FS_URL_04 = [[United States Military Records]]
 
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| FS_URL_05 = [[World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945]]
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 cards for the following eight states were destroyed:
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| FS_URL_06 = [[United States World War II Draft Records]]
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| FS_URL_07 = [[National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)]]
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| FS_URL_08 = [[United States]]
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| FS_URL_10 =
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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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== What is in This Collection? ==
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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-.
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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.
  
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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.
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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:
 
*Alabama  
 
*Alabama  
 
*Florida  
 
*Florida  
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*Tennessee
 
*Tennessee
  
These records cover about 10 percent of the population.
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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.  
 
 
=== Why This Collection Was Created?  ===
 
 
 
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.  
 
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
  
 
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.  
 
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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While the cards were created on April 27, 1942, they pertain to men born on or between April 27, 1877, and February 16, 1897.
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=== Image Visibility ===
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{{Image Visibility}}
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=== To Browse This Collection ===
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{{Collection_Browse_Link |CID = CID1339071 |title = United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 }}
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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The following information may be found in these records:
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*Serial number
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*Name
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*Residence
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*Birth date
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*Birthplace
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*Age
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*Mailing address
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*Name and address of person who will always know registrant’s address
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*Employer’s name and address
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*Race
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}}
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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:United States WWII Draft Registration Part 1 DGS 100746316 img 00007.jpg|Registration Card Part 1
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Image:United States WWII Draft Registration Part 2 DGS 100746316 img 00008.jpg|Registration Card Part 2
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</gallery>
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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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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/4504983 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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|-
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/603155 California] || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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|-
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2555449 Connecticut] || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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|-
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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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|-
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/563870 Idaho] ||  || style="text-align:center" | X
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|-
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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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|-
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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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|-
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/576248 Louisiana] || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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|-
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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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|-
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| Massachusetts || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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|-
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/623283 Michigan] || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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|-
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| Nevada || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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|-
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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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|-
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2555983 New Jersey] || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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|-
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| New York, Bronx || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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|-
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| New York, Brooklyn ||  || style="text-align:center" | X
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|-
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| New York, Kings || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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|-
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| New York, Manhattan || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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|-
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| New York, Queens || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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|-
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| New York, Staten Island || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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|-
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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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|-
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/576250 Oklahoma] || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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|-
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/563991 Oregon] ||  || style="text-align:center" | X
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|-
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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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|-
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| Puerto Rico || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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|-
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| Rhode Island || style="text-align:center" | X || style="text-align:center" | X
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|-
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/576252 Texas] || style="text-align:center" | X ||
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|-
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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2555452 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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| [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/563992 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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|}
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=== Digital Folder Number List ===
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{{DFNL_List | page = [[United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 Digital Folder Number List]] }}
  
== Known Issues with This Collection<br> ==
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== How Do I Search This Collection==
 
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:  
{{HR Known Issues}}Problem #1 - The first set of images has a searchable index and can also be browsed by Digital Film (DGS) numbers.<br>Problem #2 - The second collection does not have a searchable index but can be browsed by locality, which leads into a name search.<br><br>For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, please read the attached [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/index.php?title=United_States_World_War_II_Fourth_Draft_Registration_Cards_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29/Known_Issues Wiki article]. If you encounter additional problems, feel free to report them at [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. <br>
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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
== Related Web Sites  ==
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*The state and county of residence for the registrant
 
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=== Search the Index ===
[http://www.militaryindexes.com/worldwartwo/ Online World War II Records and Indexes]
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'''United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Index)'''
 
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{{Search Collection Link | CID=CID1861144 }}
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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'''United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Images)'''
 
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{{HR No IDX}}
[[United States Military Records]]
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=== View the Images ===
 
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'''United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Index)'''
[[World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945]]
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To view images in this collection:
 
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#Look at the [https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/United_States,_World_War_II_Draft_Registration_Cards,_1942_Digital_Folder_Number_List United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 Digital Folder Number List] article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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#Go to the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1861144/waypoints Browse Page]
 
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#Select the '''Digital Film number''' to view the images
{{Contributor invite}}
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{{HR 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.}}
 
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'''United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Images)'''
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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{{View_Images_Link
 
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| CID = 1339071
When you copy information from a record, you should also 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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| browse_1 = State
 
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| browse_2 = Surname Letter
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
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| browse_3 = Name
 
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| browse_4 =
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
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| browse_5 =
 
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| browse_6 =
*"United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 8 April 2011. entry for John Thomas Peterson; citing Draft Cards, FHL microfilm 4,147,487; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.  
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*"United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 8 April 2011. entry for George Bailey; citing Draft Cards, Indiana, B. Bailey, George, Image 1; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
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{{HR 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]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log |research log]].
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Add any new information to your records
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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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=== I Can't Find the Person 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
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=== Research Helps ===
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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in [[United States Genealogy|the United States]].
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* [[US Military Basic Search Strategies]]
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* [[Beginning Research in United States Military Records]]
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* [[Finding a World War II (1939-1945) Veteran's Records]]
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* [[GuidedResearch:United States|United States Guided Research]]
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* [[United States Record Finder]]
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* [[United States Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
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=== Related FamilySearch Historical Records Collections ===
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1968530 World War I Draft Registration cards, 1917 - 1918.]
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== Known Issues ==
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{{HR KI}}
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== Citing This Collection ==
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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.
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=== United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Database with images) ===
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{{Collection_Published}}
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{{Record_Citation}}
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{{Image_Citation}}
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=== United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Images) ===
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{{Collection_Published}}
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{{Image_Citation}}
  
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Record Type Draft Registration Cards
Record Group RG 147: Records of the Selective Service System
Collection years 1942
National Archives Identifier 476 59923
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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.

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

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.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images. For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Serial number
  • Name
  • Residence
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Age
  • Mailing address
  • Name and address of person who will always know registrant’s address
  • Employer’s name and address
  • Race

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. 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.


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

Before searching this collection, 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 the Index[edit | edit source]

United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Index)

Search by name on 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

United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Images)

This collection does not have a searchable index. Only images are available. See View the Images to access them.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Index) To view images in this collection:

  1. Look at the United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 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 Digital Film number to view the images

United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Images)

View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
  1. Select State
  2. Select Surname Letter
  3. Select Name 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]

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

  • Add any new information to your records
  • 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

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

  • 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

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.

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Known Issues[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Database with images)[edit | edit source]

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.

United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Images)[edit | edit source]

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.