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Feb 26

World War I Draft Registration

World War I draft registration cards are a valuable resource and many have used the microfilm copies that are on Ancestry.com. But have you held the “real thing” in your hand, the one your ancestor actually held in his hand (that is if he could write) when he signed his name? Have you seen the “real thing” or a color copy of the same to get the full flavor of the registration card? Somehow the black and white images from microfilm cannot render the same affect. Did you know that the cards for the first draft (5 June 1917) were printed with black ink, cards for the second (5 June 1918) were printed with blue ink, and that cards for the third (12 September 1918) were printed with red ink? Did you know that the cards frequently have numbers written with a red pencil or a blue pencil? The images herein (although only the front side of the card — important data is also recorded on the reverse side) may give you a completely different outlook on the record.

All of the original existing World War I draft registration cards for the entire nation are located at the National Archives at Atlanta.

(c) 2010 Linda Woodward Geiger, All Rights Reserved.
Linda@LindaGeiger.com

 

(c) 2011 Linda Woodward Geiger, All Rights Reserved.
Linda@LindaGeiger.com

 

2 comments

  1. Dave

    What does the number in blue pencil signify? Thank you.

    1. admin

      The on top of each WW I draft registration card there are two numbers, one written in red pencil and the other, generally, in blue pencil. The red number is the serial number and follows the individual into service if he is inducted. The order number (blue pencil) is thought to be the number of the individual as he lined up to register. To my knowledge that number does not appear on additional records of a draftee.

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