I received the following email this morning from Alex Cox of Findmypast:
Over 5 million additional United States, WWI Draft Registration Cards available to search this Findmypast FridayOver 5.1 million new records have been added to our collection of United States WWI draft registration cards. This final update completes this fascinating collection, which now totals more than 25 million records.
The draft was authorized for the purpose of raising a national army in light of the United States' entry into World War I. When, on April 6, 1917, the United States officially declared war on Germany, the US Army was far too small to effectively fight an overseas war. In response, the Selective Service Act was passed enabling men to be selected, trained and drafted into military service, as necessary. Following the Act’s passage on May 18th 1917, more than 24 million Americans (nearly 98% of the male population under the age of 46) registered for the draft, meaning that this collection records nearly half the male population at that time.
Each result will provide you with a transcript and an image of the original draft registration card. Transcripts will reveal your ancestor's birth date, place of birth, residence, registration year and citizenship country. Images will often provide additional details such as your ancestor's home address, citizenship status, marital status, occupation, employer and place of employment, prior military service, race, and details relating to their next of kin. Each card was also signed by the individual, which provides you with a look at your ancestor's own script and signature.
Additional Sets Added This Week
A total of 7.3 million records from the US, Canada and the UK have been released this Findmypast Friday. Additional collections now available to search include;