The World War I Draft Card: Don't Do Research Without it!
By Tim Pinnick
The time has come to take a SERIOUS look at a valuable resource--the World War I draft registration card. In addition to holding a few pieces of information you don’t find in most of your standard sources, they function as another resource with which one can compare basic information you have already gathered on an individual. And, when looked at as part of a larger set, their usefulness is greatly enhanced, as they can help the researcher in locating additional geographic areas to research, identify current employers and probable ones, and hone in on migration patterns and time frames.
Tim Pinnick is a lecturer and family historian with more than 25 years overall research experience including all the major U.S. repositories, published book and magazine author, current board member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, past instructor at the summer Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University, past presenter at both NGS and FGS conferences.
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