Thursday, June 30, 2005

WWI Draft Registration Cards

Well, ancestry has actually done something really, really fine.

They seem, in a lot of ways, to be rather clueless about proper genealogical research, but they sure do throw a lot of wonderful resources on the web (if you're willing to pay for them).

But these Draft registration cards take the cake.

I just wish they'd get Missouri up.

The great thing about them is that they cover about 95% of the adult male population in the US in the 1917-1918 time period. And they include birthdates and signatures. Sometimes the birthdates are wrong, but I'm using the signatures as best evidence of how these guys really spelled their names.