MyHeritage Adds United States WWI Draft Registrations, 1917-1918

MyHeritage, the sponsor of this newsletter, has announced the recent addition of United States World War I Draft Registrations, 1917-1918, with over 24 million records. Information recorded varied slightly by registration date but usually included name, current residence address, date of birth, place of birth, age, marital status, race, occupation, employer, citizenship status, and other information about his next of kin.


The “first registration” on June 5, 1917, included all men from 21 to 31 years of age. The “second registration” date was June 5, 1918, with a supplemental registration on August 24, 1918, covering those who had recently turned 21. The final registration was on September 12, 1918, for all men ages 18-45, who had not previously registered.

By the end of the war, some 2 million men had volunteered for military service and an additional 2.8 million men had been drafted. A draft registration card does not necessarily imply that the individual was drafted or that he didn’t volunteer separately.

You can read more in the MyHeritage Blog at

You might enjoy the draft registration cards shown in that article, including those of Charlie Chaplin and Al Capone.


Wondering how this collection differs from the WWI registrations on Ancestry. Possibly the indeces and/or transcription?


… and Harry Handcuff Houdini.


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