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World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards Index

Colorado Minorities (Non-Whites)

Colorado Draft Boards: Denver, Adams, Archuleta, Arapahoe, and Baca Counties Extracted from Microfilm Rolls #1509 CO 9-CO 16
Denver County:

Denver County, Roll #CO9, Local Bd 1 (PDF)

Denver County, Roll #CO9, Local Bd 2 (PDF)

Denver County, Roll #CO9 and #CO10, Local Bd 3 (PDF)

Denver County, Roll #CO10 and #CO11, Local Bd 4 (PDF)

Denver County, Roll #CO11 and #CO12, Local Bd 5 (PDF)

Denver County, Roll #CO12, Local Bd 6 (PDF)

Denver County, Roll #CO13 and #CO14, Local Bd 7 (PDF)

Denver County, Roll #CO14 and #CO15, Local Bd 8 (PDF)

Denver County, Roll #CO15 and #CO16, Local Bd 9 (PDF)

Adams County:

Adams Roll CO1 (PDF)

Other Counties:

Alamosa #CO1, Arapahoe #CO1 and #CO2, Archuleta #CO2, Baca #CO2 (PDF)

There were three registrations, June 5, 1917, July 5, 1918, and September 12, 1918; and a supplemental registration on August 24, 1918. There were some changes in the format of the questions. Each registration card contained a serial number and an order number. All civilian men between the ages of 18 and 45 were required to register.

June 5, 1917 and July 20, 1918 Registration Cards requested the following information:
  • Name in full: Given Name, Family Name, and Age.
  • Home Address: Number, Precinct, City, and State.
  • Date of birth: Month, Day, and Year.
  • Are you (1) natural born citizen (2) a naturalized citizen (3) an alien (4) or have you declared your intention, specify which:
  • Where were you born? Town and State, or Nation.
  • If not a citizen, of what country are you a citizen or subject?
  • What is your present trade, occupation, or office? (Second registration omitted this question)
  • By whom employed? Where employed?
  • Have you a father, mother, wife, or child under 12, or a sister or brother under 12, solely dependent on you for support (specify which):
  • Married, or single (which)? Race (specify which)?
  • What military service have you had? Rank: Branch, Years, Nation, or State
  • Do you claim exemption from draft (specify grounds)?
  • (Second registration) Race: White, Negro, Indian or Oriental. Cross out race that does not apply.
  • Left corner of card: “If person is of African descent, tear off this corner.”
  • Signature or Mark

 

The back of the card, Registrar's Report, gives physical description: height, build, color of eyes and hair. Signature of registrar. The Precinct, City, or County, State, date of registration, and stamp of the local board.

September 18, 1918 Registration Card
  • Name in full: Given Name, Family Name, and Age.
  • Home Address: Number, Precinct, City, and State.
  • Date of birth: Month, Day, and Year.
  • Race: White, Negro, Oriental, Indian (Citizen or Non citizen) [check the appropriate box]
  • U.S. Citizen: Native born, Naturalized, or Citizen by father's naturalization before Registrant's Majority?
  • Alien: Declarant or Non-declarant?
  • If not a citizen, of what country are you a citizen or subject?
  • Present Occupation, Employer's Name, and Place of
  • Employment or Business
  • Nearest Relative: Name and Address
  • Signature or Mark

 

The back of the card, Registrar's Report, provides physical description with height, build, color of eyes and hair; signature of registrar; date of registration; and stamp of local board.

It was noted that on the first registration where the registrant was required to enter his race, “Negro,” African,” and sometimes “Ethiopian,” or “Colored” indicated those of African descent; “Mongolian” for those of Oriental descent; “Mexican” for those of Mexican descent even if born in the United States. Please note that due to translating the various handwritings, there may be errors in interpreting names. Also, when it was not stated whether the registrant was married or single, “M” or “S” was not entered in the M/S column. Some of the cards did not indicate an occupation, only the employer, therefore the Occupation column was left blank or a question mark was used. Race is reported as found on the registration card. Where the race question was limited to White, Negro, Oriental, or Indian, in some cases Spanish-sounding names were identified as Oriental. These particular registration cards did not indicate place of birth, therefore it cannot be presumed that they are of Malaysian and Filipino descent.

A question mark in a column denotes inability to translate an entry, or not sure of spelling.

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Notes
  • Extracted from Microfilm Rolls #1509 CO 9-CO 16.
  • Each document is presented as a PDF.
  • PDF search tip: In Adobe, go to Edit/Find or click on the binoculars to search the PDF for a specific name or string of letters.

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