Dear Forum Members:
A presidential proclamation of 16 November 1917, pursuant to section 4067 of the Revised Statutes of the United States, required “all natives, citizens, denizens or subjects of the German Empire” age 14 and older who were “within the United States” to register as “alien enemies”. The actual registration was conducted by various marshals, in some cases the chief of police designated by the regulations. Each “alien enemy” was issued a registration card, which he was required to have on his person at all times. The “alien enemy” also needed permission from the local registrar to travel or change place of residence. The initial registration included only men; the regulations stated “females are not alien enemies”. An act of Congress of 16 April 1918 changed the definition of “alien enemy” to include women age 14 and older, an a presidential proclamation followed on 19 April 1918.
Q: Has anyone come across these records at the state or county level in the Macomb, St. Clair or Detroit area? These would be an excellent resource for obtaining Names, DOBs, POBs and residences in the first quarter of the 20th Century.
Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
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