In the early 1900s, the world was engulfed in its first world war. Millions of young men were sent to fight as soldiers in foreign lands. Today, more than 24 million draft registration cards of those young soldiers are available for free to genealogists and family historians to view and glean valuable information from. These draft records are now available as the United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918.
Draft records are a great resource to find a date and place of birth and information about parents, siblings, and spouses. They are also a great jumping off point in finding many birth records. Draft registration records provide information about ancestors even if the ancestors did not end up serving in a war.
An article about the collection in the FamilySearch Wiki states, “The collection consists of an index and images of draft registration cards for World War I. Three registrations were conducted between 1917 and 1918. The first was held on June 5, 1917 for men between the ages of 21 and 31, the second was held on June 5, 1918, for men who had turned 21 since the first registration, and the third was held on September 12, 1918, for men between the ages of 18 and 45.”
The article continues, “The registration includes cards for 24,000,000 men. The cards are arranged by state, by city or county, by local draft board, and then alphabetically by surname.” READ MORE (Click)