16 February 2015

Military Monday: WWI Draft Registration of Burton Watt

Source:  "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," [database on-line], Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 June 2014), entry for Burt L. Watt ; number 109; 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.

The World War I draft registration card for my Great Uncle, Burton Lewis Watt, didn't provide me with a lot of new information but it was still a record I wanted in my genealogy software program. 

The reason it didn't provide a lot of new information was because I knew my Uncle Burt.  He visited many times when I was a child and I visited him as an adult.  I remember what he sounded like and how generous he was.  Those things are not recorded on this record.

This record does correlate what I do remember about him.  The record provides an accurate description of him and I knew he worked most of his life at Lake Shore Engineering, becoming a Vice President there.

I have tried to save a copy of every member of my family's draft records.  Although this time it didn't provide a lot of new information, it did provide evidence that reinforced my memories.  It isn't often that you find a 98 year old record of someone you remember.

Burton Lewis Watt was the son of David Watt and Catherine McGee, he was the youngest brother of my grandmother, Sarah Lilla Watt Glover Bell.

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