For the purpose of this post, we are using Ancestry.com as our genealogical tool. There are many other options out there that would also include Draft Registration Cards.
Step One: Log into your online genealogical tool. For the Army, visit the Army MWR Library catalog. Select the Online Resources tab then choose the Ancestry Library Proquest Edition (use the offsite link if you are doing this at home.) Note – every library involved in the Remember WWI project has a genealogy database though access rules are specific to each location. Check with your library to find out more.
Step Two: On the Ancestry.com site, select Search Military from the center of the page.
Step Three: On the right side of the page is a list of Featured Data Collections. Select U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Step Four: Enter the name and any of other information you have of the family member you are searching for.
Step Five: A list of results will appear. Select the name of the list that most closely matches your search.
In Ancestry.com, images may only show in the library. If you are at home and can’t see the scan, please visit your nearest library to do so.
Not finding your family’s Draft Registrations through a genealogy database? Want a physical copy of a Draft Registration? Go to the National Archives and you can find more or order copies online.