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Key to Online Researching: Keep on Clicking!

August 30, 2014

By Jan Edwards

Many collections we have access to have more than one image/page and many second images/pages are missed.  Take the great collection that is on FamilySearch for free access including the image called the WWII “Old Man’s Draft” Registration. If you were male, and you were born on or before April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897 you had to register for WWII. If you would like to know more about this collection, FamilySearch Research Wiki has a great article that explains why older men had to register!

 

WWII “Old Man’s Draft” Registration

 

Here is image one for Fred Herman Raterman, this record is beautiful! It gives his full name, where he lives, his address, his age, his phone number, his birth, where he was born , a person who will know where he is, where he works and his beautiful signature! This image/page is a fantastic find! Many stop here not realizing there is another image/page.

 

 

"United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11753-46080-21?cc=1861144 : accessed 30 Aug 2014), 004134903 > image 6074 of 6090. Citing NARA microfilm publications M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090 and M2097, Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

 

Here is image/page 2

 

"United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11753-46873-82?cc=1861144 : accessed 30 Aug 2014), 004134903 > image 6075 of 6090. Citing NARA microfilm publications M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090 and M2097, Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

 

This image gives a description! You can now “picture” Fred! It also gives the date of registration and where he registered!

 

The cards for the following eight states were destroyed:

  • Alabama

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Kentucky

  • Mississippi

  • North Carolina

  • South Carolina

  • Tennessee

 

1925 Iowa State Census

 

Another great example is a collection that is on Ancestry.com indexed or FamilySearch Unindexed called Iowa 1925 State Census. Here is image/page 1 of the Press Oden Family. It has great information names, relationships, sex, age, married/single, citizenship, education. Most are really excited about this one image!

 

 

Ancestry.com. Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest.

 

Here is image/page 2, an overlay happens!

 

 

Ancestry.com. Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest.

 

We now know where they were born, the father’s name and birth place, his age if alive, mothers name including maiden name, where she was born and if she was still alive. We also learn where the parents were married!... but there is more!

 

Image/page 3

 

Ancestry.com. Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest.

 

We now have information about Military service if they served, occupation and religious affiliation! 

 

The key to online researching is…. Keep on CLICKING!

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