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Draft registrations were conducted between 1917 and 1918: the first was held on June 5,1917 for men between the ages of twenty-one and thirty-one; the second, June 5,1918, for men who had turned twenty-one since the first registration; and the third on September 12, 1918, for men between the ages of eighteen and forty-five. The registration includes cards for 24,000,000 men. The cards are arranged by state, by city or county, by local draft board, then alphabetically by surname.


Each registration was different. They generally included the following information:


  • Name

  • Birth date

  • Birthplace

  • Draft registration date

  • Sometimes, father’s birthplace

  • Name of nearest relative

  • Age in years

  • Sex is implied, since all registrants were males

  • Marital status

  • List of any dependents

  • Address



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