The sheer magnitude of World War One records, 19 million military records in this collection, offers a wealth of information about your ancestors' lives during the tumultuous start of the 20th century.

What can these records tell me?

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 ancestors’ handwriting.

Individual WWI draft registration cards include:

  • names
  • address
  • birth dates
  • birthplaces
  • occupation
  • nearest relatives (often spouses, parents or siblings)
  • physical description of the person

    How to search World War I Draft Registration Cards

    Search the records by name using 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.
  • Discover more about U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards,1917-1918

    Starting in 1917, more than 24 million Americans (nearly 98% of the population under the age of 46) registered for the draft. This nationwide collection represents 25% of the entire U.S. population, and includes detailed personal information about each individual.

    Famous people in the records
    Babe Ruth's Draft Registration Card from 1917, age 23, can be found in these records.

    Babe Ruth's Draft Registration Card from 1917
    Babe Ruth's Draft Registration Card from 1917