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From: "Judy in Ocala" <>
Subject: RE: [POSEN] Draft Card Information - Social Security Card Info - Census Info
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 11:37:37 -0500
Presumably the draft registration card was filled out by the registrant
himself. Therefore the information would be as accurate as the registrant's
personal knowledge. It is possible during that time period, that some people
did not know their exact birth date, since records were not yet universally
kept. The other possibility is that he lied about his age either to avoid or
accelerate being called to service.
Judy in Ocala
From: Matthias Theiner [mailto:]
Sent: Sunday, February 13, 2005 5:50 AM
Subject: [POSEN] Draft Card Information - Social Security Card Info - Census
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.
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
Matt E. Theiner
----- Original Message -----
From: "Diana & Jay" <>
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:
> 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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