Scott County, Indiana
Genealogy and History
Ancestry.com has updated and expanded the WWI Draft Registration Database. The cards (images available online) contain a good deal of information including occupation, employer, dependents, any disabilities, physical description and where the registrant was living at the time of registration. It's worth a look! pjm 9 Nov 2005
From Ancestry.com: The United States declared war on Germany and officially entered World War I on 6 April 1917. The Selective Service Act was passed on 18 May 1917. As a result of this act, every male between the ages of eighteen and forty-five who lived in the United States, regardless of their U.S. citizenship status, was required to register for the draft. Some who served in the war did not register for the draft and not all the men who registered actually served in the armed forces.
I have extracted the birth dates, race and birth state (if noted) for over 1,000 Scott County men who registered for the draft during 1917 and 1918. This information was self-reported. I've attempted to do the best I can in deciphering the handwriting. The spelling of names is as the person or agent signed their card.
Please excuse the messy formatting. I was 3/4 of the way through the project when I realized that the tab delineated format I was using looks fine as a document but, for whatever reason, does not convert well to html. Rather than start from square one I have opted to get the information on line as it is! Sorry about that!*smile*
Pat Mount...February 2005.
World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-18 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2002. National Archives and Records Administration. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. M1509, 4,277 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.