These can be found in the FHC under U.S. Military Records, WWI, State, County. All males were required to register, whether they were a citizen or not. In June, 1917, men who were 18 years old registered. Then in June, 1918, men 18-21 years old registered. The 3rd registration was in Sept., 1918 for men 18-45 years old. There are about 24 million registration cards.
The cards ask the following 20 questions:
1) Name (first, middle, last)
2) Permanent home address (street, city, county, state)
3) age in years
4) Date of birth
8) Indian citizen
9) Indian _______
10) native born
12) citizen by father’s naturalization before registrant’s ________
13) alien declarant
14) alien non-declarant
15) If not a citizen of the U.S. of what nation are you a citizen or subject?
16) present occupation
17) employer name
18) place of employment or business
19) nearest relative: name
20) nearest relative: address(number, street, city, county, state).
Then they signed.
On the film, in the second column, you will see the registrar’s report. It asks for the following things:
Height: 21) tall; 22) medium; 23) short
Then it asks for build: 24) slender; 25) medium; 26) stout
Then more description–27) color of eyes; 28) color of hair;
29) Has person lost arm, leg, hand, eye, or is he obviously physically disqualified?
30) I certify that my answers are true; that the person registered has read or has had read to him his own answers; that I have witnessed his signature or mark, and that all of his answers of which I have knowledge are true, except as follows: (lines to write on here). Then the registrar signs and then the date of registrartion appears. Then it was stamped by the local board.
Sources: Author’s own experience with the records.
© 2003 Cheri Mello – All Rights Reserved — Reprinted with permission of the author.