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WWI Civilian Draft Registrations


In 1917 and 1918, approximately 24 million men, (98% of men present in America), born between 1873 and 1900 completed draft registration cards. During these two years, three registration days were held in each district where the registrant completed the registration card. Information found on these cards generally included, among other information, birth date, birth location, father's birthplace, and the address of next of kin. This civilian registration is often confused with induction into the military; however, only a small percentage of these men were actually called up for military service.

Originally posted to in January of 1998 and taken from the original draft cards, this database provides information on some of the men registered. This update, part of an ongoing project, adds over 300,000 names to the previously posted database and brings the total number of names provided to 1.2 million. It adds information on registrants from Florida, Mississippi, and South Dakota.

It should be noted that aliens were required to register but were not subject to induction into the American military. Persons already in the military did not register. Recent Italian emigrants wrote their last names first, resulting in some cards being filed under first names. Cards of Hispanics may be filed under their mother's maiden name surname if the registrant gave both parents' surnames. Also, men who resided in British territories sometimes listed themselves simply as British citizens without noting their origin in Canada, Australia, Ireland, Jamaica, etc. Illiterate men were unable to spell their names and birth location, so researchers should be quite flexible in searching for the spelling of names of illiterate men.

NOTE: This database, although providing information on over 5% of all men registered, represents approximately 13% of all counties nationwide. Researchers will find complete coverage of Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, and Nevada and a good representation from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New York City, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Vermont.

Source Information:
Banks, Ray. World War I Civilian Draft Registrations, Las Vegas, NV: Ray Banks, 1995, 2000.


Name Birth Date Ethnicity Birth Place City/County State

Lester Jessie Halsey 11 Apr 1898 W White Rock NV Elko NV
Julius Levi Halsey 13 Mar 1886 B Citrus FL
David Halsey Sep 1887 I Fort Yates ND Sioux ND
George J. Halsey 21 Aug 1893 I Fort Yates ND Sioux ND
Jacob Halsey Jan 1873 I Sioux ND
Michael Halsey 6 Apr 1896 I Fort Yates ND Sioux ND
Peter Halsey 15 Dec 1898 I Sioux ND
Alfred William Halsey 3 Oct 1877 W Canadian; lives Sausalita CA Mariposa CA
George Noah Halsey 24 Jan 1887 W Texas Castro TX
Harry Harlon Halsey 7 Oct 1899 W Wallace KS
Claude Hays Halsey 10 May 1897 W Wallace Co. KS Wallace KS
Claude Hays Halsey 10 May 1897 W his dad b. Marshall Co. IA Wallace KS
Charles Nathan Halsey 4 Sep 1890 W White Cloud KS Hemphill TX
Harrison Dickinson Halsey 22 May 1889 W Onslow IA Scott KS
Homer Archie Halsey 11 Aug 1880 W Bonner ID
Herbert Hoffman Halsey 17 Sep 1877 W Boundary ID
Leroy Halsey 17 Feb 1885 B Sunflower MS
Roy Albert Halsey 8 Feb 1899 W Sully SD
Walter Marion Halsey 13 Jun 1897 W W. Brooklyn IL Sully SD
Walter Marion Halsey 13 Jun 1897 W dad b. Clinton IL Sully SD
John Halsey 17 Jun 1894 W Howard PA Carson TX
Willard Stout Halsey 26 Sep 1888 W Garden City KS Modoc CA
Charles Henry Halsey 4 Nov 1881 W Forrest MS
George Halsey 15 Dec 1896 B Lauderdale Co. MS Lamar MS
Will Halsey 1 Sep 1890 B Daleville MS Lauderdale# 1 MS
Alex Attison Halsey 27 Sep 1874 W Bon Homme SD
Clarence Bayard Halsey 23 Mar 1897 W he & dad b. Alleghany Co. NC Bon Homme SD
Wheeler Platt Halsey 30 Apr 1899 W Bon Homme SD


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