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From: "Matthias Theiner" <>
Subject: Draft Card Information - Social Security Card Info - Census Info
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 11:49:56 +0100
References: <001d01c5115c$e4a9e4d0$f524fea9@HPLaptop> <420EB738.5070006@adelphia.net>

Hi Diana,

thanks for the link to ancestry.com and their draft card
database for WWI. I hadn't considered this option for
getting additional information about my mother's uncle
- Frederick E. Sommers (F.E. Sommees - born in Dallas,
TX - lived in New York and died in Hollywood, CA.

I found his registration card but I was again puzzled
about the information that was given there. Name,
occupation, birthplace and signature fit but d.o.b.
does not.

So I have a question that you or other listers might
be able to answer. How accurate is the information
on these cards?

For my mother's uncle I have the following data:
* Dec. 6, 1890 in Dallas TX
(as stated on the copy of his social security card
[same signature as on the draft card] and the
certificate of death from the City of Los Angeles)

But this information varies considerably from other
documents that I now have:
draft card: different d.o.b.: Dec. 1, 1888
1920 census (New York): different age
1930 census (California): again different age

Was such a practice quite common or is this
simply an exception? What about giving correct

Comments welcome.

Matt E. Theiner


----- Original Message -----
From: "Diana & Jay" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, February 13, 2005 3:11 AM
Subject: Re: [POSEN] Draft Card Opinion

> Mary: No, draft cards didn't have anything but current information,
> except the place of birth, and many of our ancestors simply put
> Prussia or Poland, unfortunately.
> For a look at the information requested on the three cards used:
> http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=6482&ti=0&r=0
> If that link doesn't work, go to www.ancestry.com, click on advanced
> search; then on the next page right frame click on WWI draft
> registration; when the next page comes up, click on sample
> cards on the left frame. You can just open and view or download
> Diana Grzelak Needham
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