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World War II Draft Registration

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

If you are looking for information about a man who was born between April 28, 1877 and February 16, 1897 (and still living in 1942), try finding his World War II Draft Registration Card. American men between the ages of 18 and 65 were required to register after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Between 1940 and 1946, over ten million Americans registered. All of the records are not yet available, but the Fourth Registration, also called the "old man's registration", for men between the ages of 45 and 64, are available.

The 1942 Draft registration cards offered a great deal of personal information including the man's address, age, birth date, birthplace, citizenship, occupation, employer, marital status, race, dependents, military experience, signature, height, build, eye color, hair color, and whether or not he was bald.

[Click here to search the Old Man's Registration cards at FamilySearch] (Sign in is required to access records, and is free.)

If your search doesn't produce any results, don't give up yet! Try one or more of these:

  • Browse by State and last name [Click here] *free at

  • If you are researching an ancestor in Georgia [Click here to search Georgia WWII Draft Registration cards] *free at

  • Search the World War II Prisoners of War [Click here] *free at

  • Search the World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese 1941-1945 [Click here] *free at

  • Check the Army enlistment records 1938-1946 [Click here] *free at

  • Check the U.S. Veteran's Gravesites 1775-2006 [Click here] *requires membership

Source: "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publications M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090, and M2097. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.


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