19 million World War I Draft Card Records
With WWI draft registration cards, you can find occupations, origin cities and nearest relatives you may never have known existed. Each draft registration card is also individually signed, offering a rare glimpse at an ancestor's handwriting.
Individual WWI draft registration cards include:
How to Search World War I Draft Registration Cards
Search the collection by name on the search tool above. Narrow the results by birth year or state. Then use information you find to gain leads on other members of the family, including spouse, dependents or parents, in census records collections or birth records.
Starting in 1917, more than 24 million Americans (nearly 98% of the male population under the age of 46) registered for the draft. This nationwide collection of represents 25% of the entire U.S. population, and includes detailed personal information about each individual.
Babe Ruth's Draft Registration Card from 1917, age 23, can be found in these records.
Expand your search by clicking the “name variants” box in the search bar. This will return more records with similar names, including possible alternate spellings or the use of initials or middle names.
To get the most out of each record, examine the image after reading the transcript. The image of the actual document often contains more information that is not always present in the transcript.