Michael John Neill
World War II draft cards are a wonderful resource for
the genealogist with problems in 1940s. The cards available to anyone
for anybody are for those men born between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897
They are available at
of the National Archives
. These cards have been microfilmed (click here for more information
researchers will either have to visit the facility or have someone
a lookup for them. These cards are usually alphabetically filed by the
state, which is a significant advantage over the World War I
which are organized by draft board.
All of these cards are from National Archives Record Group 147,
Records of the Selective Service System, Illinois State Office
Registration Cards, World War II, 4th Draft Registration, April 1942.
The draft card for Mimka Johnson Habben is for my great-grandfather.
It is fairly typical in terms of the information on will find on a card
for a farmer.
This is the reverse side of the card. While the physical description
is not extremely descriptive, it does provide some details and if the
individual has a tattoo or a scar, that will be noted as well.
The card for Henry Mortier is for my wife's great-grandfather. It
provided his residential address as wel as his birth place. His
employer, Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company, is also listed.
This card is for my great-grandfather's brother, Bertus Ufkes. This
card is interesting in that it provides a place of residence (and
permanent contact) in Carthage, Illinois; a mailing address in St.
Louis, Missouri; and an
employer address that lists no city or state (but it is believed to be
Quincy, Illinois, based upon the name of the Bank and the street