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Understanding World War I draft cards

The U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, collected info from roughly 24 million American men. As the total population was approximately 100 million, the cards represent around 25% of the population at that time.


This database is an invaluable resource for genealogy research, as it covers a significant proportion of the male population in the early 1900s.

If your family lived in the U.S. during WWI, chances are you'll find at least one relative's information in this vast collection. The cards provide more than just names and dates; they also contain critical genealogical details like birthplace, citizenship status, and the nearest relative's information.


See below and example of a Wolrd War I draft card.



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