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Re: Draft Registration Records (1917-1918)
Posted by: Patty Mackey (ID *****9144) Date: December 28, 2012 at 03:07:06
In Reply to: Draft Registration Records (1917-1918) by Bruce Martin of 9053

Bruce:
First of all, if Robert Martin was born in 1876, he would not have had to register for the draft until 1918. You say he died in 1917....which probably means he enlisted so there would be no draft registration for him. There were 2 Draft lotteries for WWI, May 1917, and Sept. 1918. The War ended in Nov 1918. Robert's exact birthdate would help in searching as Martin is a pretty common name. Your NARA info indicates he was from Erath Co., TX....there is probably a WWI Memorial there for those who died in the War. Also, the draft registrations did not list dependents by name all the time...it might say, 'wife and 2 children', support of Mother/Father, etc. Sometimes it did have a wife's or parent's name though. It would list name, address, place of birth, citizenship, age, race.
If you know his parents' names it would help also.
Ancestry.com has the WWI draft registrations, as well as the Free Family History and Genealogical site. (LDS)
I have already searched the American Battle Monument Commission site to see if he was buried abroad in an American Cemetery. He does not appear there, so if he died in the War, his remains were repatriated. Your best bet is to start in Erath Co. TX, or write the NARA...they have forms on the web and most of the records are there.
Hope this helps,
patty


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