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WORLD WAR I DRAFT REGISTRATION CARDS

 



AL JOLSON'S WORLD WAR I DRAFT REGISTRATION CARD
New York, New York
Third Registration
12 Sep 1918

 

Men, no longer of draft age, were required to register at their local draft board, just in case the U.S. needed them for their occupation, etc. The registration of 24 million men occurred at three different times during the years 1917 and 1918. The first registration occurred on 5 Jun 1917 for men ages 21 to 31, the second on 5 Jun 1918 (though a supplemental registration was held in August of that year) for men born June 6, 1896 to June 5,1897, and the third on 12 Sep 1918. This last one, for men between the ages of 18 and 45 not previously registered or already in the military, born between 11 Sep 1872 and 12 Sep 1900. This  last registration was the one that Albert (Al) Jolson, the "Jazz Singer" and my favorite singer of all time,  registered in, being age 33 at the time. Also it should be noted that the information asked for on the cards used during these enrollments varied slightly, depending on the registration period. The cards for the first two registration periods included a space for the town and country the registrant was born in. The last one did not.

For genealogists, this draft card supplies some information that could be of value to their research.
What is listed? Shown below are the particulars of what is listed, and in parentheses is what was filled in by Al:

Registration Card:
Serial Number
Order Number
1. Given/middle/surname (Albert Jolson)
2. Present Address (Hotel Biltmore, New York, NY)
3. Age in Years (33)
4. Date of Birth-month/day/year (here, only the year 1885 is listed.)
5. Race-White
6. Race-Negro
7. Race-Oriental
8. Indian-Citizen?
9. Indian-Non-Citizen?
10. U.S. Citizen-Native Born?
11. U.S. Citizen-Naturalized?
12. U.S. Citizen-Citizen by father's naturalization before Registrant's majority
13. Alien-declarant?
14, Alien-non-declarant?
15. If not a citizen of the U.S., of what nation are you a citizen or subject?
16. Present Occupation (Actor)
17. Employer's Name (Lee & J.J. Shubert)
18. Place of Employment or Business (Century Theatre?, New York, NY)
19. Nearest Relative-Name (Mrs. ? Jolson, Hotel Biltmore)
20. Nearest Relative-Address (New York, NY)
     I affirm that I have verified above answers and that they are true.
     Signature

Registrar's Report:
21-23. Height (medium)
24-26. Build (medium)
27. Color of Eyes
28. Color of Hair
29. Has person lost arm, leg, hand, eye, or is he obviously physically qualified? (SPECIFY.)
21. I certify that my answers are true and that the person registered has read or has read to him his own answers, that I have witnessed his signature or mark and that all of his answers which I have knowledge are true except as follows:
     Signature of Registrar
     Date of Registration
24. Stamp of Local Draft Board (Local Board for Division no. 150, City of New York, 121 E. 61st? St., New York City.)

For more information on this draft registration, please visit the appropriate page on JewishGen that discusses this event in more detail [webpage]. (The stamp of the local board having jurisdiction of the area in which the registrant has his permanent home shall be placed in this box.)
 


 


 



 

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