Using the US 1940-1947 Draft Registrations at FamilySearch

FamilySearch has posted 1940-1947 US draft cards on their site. As of this writing, they are posted “as is.” The cards available are there, but:

  • they have not been “checked” by FamilySearch
  • they are out of order
  • there may be transcription errors in the “guide cards.”

Be patient when using the cards. They are in alphabetical order by name of registrant, but the rolls of cards are not currently in alphabetical order on the FamilySearch catalog. You will need to find the appropriate set of cards that contains the name of interest.

The “guide cards” were created by manually transcribing the cards. There may be errors. In the illustration, it appeared that the cards went from a roll the ended with Earl Trarer to one that began with Ernest Traver. That left no apparent roll that would contain Trautvetter.

It turned out that the card that looked like Earl Trarer actually said Traver when it was looked at.

Remember that these cards have been placed on FamilySearch recently and that there may be other transcription errors on the “guide names.”

Those who wish to search the cards can find a link to the direct FamilySearch catalog page on our “Search Tip of the Day” site.