Source Information

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Ancestry.com. Alabama, Military Card Files,1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: WWI Soldiers' Draftees, by County, 1918–1919. Montgomery, Alabama: Alabama Department of Archives and History. SG017111-3.

About Alabama, Military Card Files,1917-1918

This database contains World War I draft registration and induction records from the state of Alabama.

What You May Find in the Records

On 6 April 1917, the United States declared war on Germany and officially entered World War I. Six weeks later, on 18 May 1917, Congress passed the Selective Service Act, which required all men between the ages of 18 and 45 to register for the draft. This database contains World War I draft registration and induction records from the state of Alabama. These include

  • induction forms and lists
  • entry forms
  • lists of registees

Records are arranged by county and include names of prospective draftees and those actually drafted from all counties in Alabama. Details vary some by form, but you may learn

  • name
  • address/town
  • occupation/primary industry
  • date
  • camp/station
  • serial number