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Findmypast’s huge collection of World War One draft cards now totals over 19 million cards following our latest update. Each card offers a wealth of information about your ancestors’ lives at the tumultuous beginning of the 20th century.

From 1917, more than 24 million Americans, nearly 98 per cent of the population under the age of 46, registered for the draft. This nationwide collection represents 25 per cent of the entire U.S. population, and includes detailed personal information about each individual.

The World War One draft registration cards contain details including occupation, origin city, a physical description and information on close relatives. Each draft registration card is also individually signed, offering a rare glimpse at an ancestor’s handwriting.