Ancestry Announces Digitization of All 36 Million Available US Draft Cards


Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

Ancestry announced on February 27 that they have digitized all available 36 million young man’s US Draft Cards.  2020 is the 75th anniversary of the end of World War ll.  They worked with the US National Archives and Records Administration to digitize the collection. This is fully searchable and includes color images.  The database includes registration cards for men born between 1898 and 1929 from all states except Maine. The cards from Maine were destroyed before they could be digitized.

 

Information on the cards include: name, serial number, address or mailing address, telephone, age, place of birth, county of citizenship, employers  name and address of employment, name and address of person who knows the registrants’ address and description of person and year of registration.


To access the collection go to:  https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2238/

When you click on the URL, a window will open asking you to fill in the information for the search. Click on search and a new window opens for the persons that match your search criteria. If you find your person, to view the record, you must have a subscription. When the card opens remember it has two sides so click on the arrow to the right to get to page 2.

 

Once you have the record open if you want to save it to your computer click the green save button. Below the save button there are chain of icons one of which is a tool with that icon you can print or download and more.

 

Ancestry is a subscription service. While you can search the above database without a subscription, once you find the person you are looking for, to actually view the record you need a subscription and will be invited to subscribe.

 

Remember, that many public libraries and Family History Centers have library subscriptions to Ancestry if you do not have a personal subscription.

 

To read the full press release see:  https://tinyurl.com/w2xf6ad

Original url:

https://www.ancestry.com/corporate/newsroom/press-releases/ancestry%C2%AE-announces-digitization-all-36-million-available-us-draft-cards

 

I have no affiliation with Ancestry and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Bruce Drake
 

Thanks for this. Previously, what Ancestry had were draft card registrations. But these actual draft cards have data that did not show up on the registration cards


Marion Werle
 

This is a fantastic collection - I discovered it last week and it has already solved three longtime research problems.


Marion Werle, Los Angeles, CA
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sharon yampell
 

I just found my paternal grandfather and compared his signature with mine; they are almost the same…he died when I was 2

 

Sharon F. Yampell

Voorhees, NJ USA

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This is a fantastic collection - I discovered it last week and it has already solved three longtime research problems.


Marion Werle, Los Angeles, CA
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Ellen
 

It's really interesting to see where some of my ancestors were employed at the time!

Ellen
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Researching WEISSMAN/VAYSMAN (Ostropol, Ukraine); MOROZ and ESTRIN/ESTERKIN (Shklov & Bykhov, Belarus); LESSER/LESZEROVITZ, MAIMAN, and BARNETT/BEINHART/BERNHART (Lithuania/Latvia); and ROSENSWEIG/ROSENZWEIG, KIRSCHEN, and SCHWARTZ (Botosani, Romania)


Sarah L Meyer
 

I noticed the other day that I could see the young men's WWII draft cards.  But I have not been able to see the date on the WWII draft registration cards.  I would be very appreciative if someone could tell me where to look for it. (just which line or corner).

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Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
ANK(I)ER, BIGOS, KARMELEK, PERLSTADT, STOKFISZ, SZPIL(T)BAUM, Poland
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania
https://www.sarahsgenies.com


EdrieAnne Broughton
 

There are two sides to the WWII Draft cards.  The date signed is on the second side.  Use the arrow.


Michael Herzlich
 

Sarah asked how to see the date of the draft registration.  To see the date you should look at the back of the card.  You do this on Ancestry by clicking on the arrow on the right side of the image indicating to go to the next image.  This will also show height, weight, complexion, other physical characteristics for identification such as scars.

Michael Herzlich
Delray Beach, Florida

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Michael Herzlich
Delray Beach, Florida USA

Belarus - EPSTEIN, HELFAND, POLLACK
Galicia (Poland, Ukraine) - HERZLICH, TREIBER