A Gold Mine of Information

 

In the world of genealogy, there are many treasure troves of information. Family research is not just about birth and death records. World War I draft registration cards can be a gold mine of information for family tree work.

If you are new to the genealogy world, you may ask, “What are World War I draft registration cards?” Good question.

According to the National Archives, “On May 18, 1917, the Selective Service Act was passed authorizing the President to increase temporarily the military establishment of the United States.”

“The information included on each registration differs somewhat but the general information shown includes order and serial numbers (assigned by the Selective Service System), full name, date and place of birth, race, citizenship, occupation, personal description, and signature.”

To read more about the World War I Draft Registration Cards, click on the link.

Here is my quick list of information found on registration cards:

  1. Where they lived between the 1910 and 1920 US Federal Census years.
  2. The exact date they were born and where.
  3. Tells if they are a US Citizen, natural born or an immigrant.
  4. Their occupation.
  5. Where and whom they work for.
  6. A description of their family.
  7. Their ethnicity.
  8. Their marital status.
  9. Record of any previous military service.
  10. Any physical problems that would exempt them from service.
  11. A physical description.
  12. Their signature.

 

Now, that you can see the awesome of World War I Draft Registration Cards, you may ask where you can find this fantastic database.

Search for FREE here on FamilySearch.

Note: While FamilySearch is free they recently started requiring an account to see search results.

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A Few Pinkerton Birth Records

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FamilySearch.org can be a good source for New England birth records. I found a few Pinkerton births in New Hampshire connected to my family tree:

  1. John Pinkerton b. 12 Oct 1777 in Londonderry, New Hampshire; Parents: John Pinkerton and Rachel
  2. Naomi Pinkerton b. 13 Jan 1770 in Londonderry, New Hampshire; Parents: John Pinkerton and Rachel
  3. Mary Pinkerton b. 8 May 1768 in Londonderry, New Hampshire; Parents: John Pinkerton and Rachel
  4. Elizabeth Pinkerton b. 1 Sept 1771 in Londonderry, New Hampshire; Parents: John Pinkerton and Rachel
  5. Samuel C. Pinkerton b. 2 Jan 1846 in Boscawen, New Hampshire; Parents: Moody Pinkerton
  6. Charles W. Pinkerton b. 12 Sept 1850 in Boscawen, New Hampshire; Parents: Moody Pinkerton and Sarah A.
  7. Myron U. Pinkerton b. 18 Jul 1843 in Boscawen, New Hampshire; Parents: Moody M. Pinkerton and Jane C.
  8. Wallace Pinkerton b. 10 Jun 1850 in Boscawen, New Hampshire; Parents: Moody M. Pinkerton and Sarah

Note: there is a bit of a problem with the timing in the above births. Charles W. Pinkerton was born on 12 Sept 1850 and his brother Wallace Pinkerton was born 10 June 1850. One of those dates is wrong.

Source: familysearch.org

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J. R. Lowe

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