28 July 2014
Source: "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," [database on-line], Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 June 2014), Entry for Claude Raymond Glover Serial Number 16; United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm..
I don't know if it is the centennial anniversary of the start of World War I or something else, but my latest fascination with military records is the World War I draft registration records. I thought I had found all of the men in my family tree who were of the age to register for the draft. It wasn't until I ran a Roots Magic report, which I wrote about here, that I realized I was missing a few.
One the registrations I was missing was my great uncle, Claude R. Glover. Claude, was the son of Frank H. Glover and Hattie Fenn Glover, my great grandparents. I learned a few things from Claude's World War I draft registration record.
I learned that his middle name was Raymond. I knew he had the middle initial of "R", but never knew what it stood for. I had a description of what Claude looked like at the age of 33. I learned that one of the railroad companies he worked for was M M & S E. Railway Company, Munising, Marquette and Southeastern Railway. The MM&SE merged with the Lake Superior & Ishpeming (LS&I) Railroad in 1923, five years after Claude's draft registration.
According to Claude's obituary, dated 9 April 1960 in the Marquette (MI) Mining Journal, he worked in the railroad industry for 52 years; 47 of those years as a locomotive engineer. Claude retired in 1957 from LS&I Railroad.
Who would have thought that one little draft registration would reveal such great genealogical information? It gave me new leads to follow. I researched the railroad company he worked for and learned about the various railway merges and name changes that followed 1918, the year the above registration was recorded. I was able to create four additional fact types in my genealogy software program from this one record: Military, Residence, Occupation, and Description.
I still have a few draft registrations to process and record, but I am glad I took a second look at the draft registrations. If you haven't search for your ancestors World War I draft registration cards yet, you are missing out on some good information.