Pennsylvania World War II Draft Registration Cards - FamilySearch Historical Records

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Pennsylvania, 
United States
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Location of Pennsylvania
Record Description
Record Type Military
Collection years 1940-1945
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes records for the years 1940-1945.

Name index and images of draft registration cards of men born between 1896 and 1929 who registered during World War II with the exception of the fourth registration. This collection is part of National Archives Record Group 147, Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975. The event place is the residence of the registrant. The collection is arranged alphabetically by the name of the registrant. Images courtesy of Ancestry.

  • Draft Registration Cards for Pennsylvania, 10/16/1940-3/31/1947. Selective Service System. Pennsylvania State Headquarters. Record Group 147 Records of the Selective Service System. NAID 5324575

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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Sample Image[edit | edit source]

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

What Can these Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Draft registration records may contain the following information:

  • Name of the registrant
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Residence at the time of registration
  • Employer
  • Name and address of someone who will always know the whereabouts of the registrant.

How Do I Search the Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • At least one other piece of information

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the waypoints Browse Page.

  1. Select State
  2. Select Surname Letter
  3. Select Name

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the occupation to locate business and employment records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Pennsylvania, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog
  • Not every who registered was drafted into the service.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Pennsylvania.

Citations for This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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