Mason County, Illinois
Transcribed by Kristin Vaughn © 2017
Explanation of this Database: The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, and on May 18, 1917 the draft was enacted. There were three separate draft registrations held--the first on June 5, 1917 for men aged 21-31, the second on June 5, 1918 for men who had turned 21 since the first registration or who had not registered the previous June, and the third was held on September 12, 1918 for men aged 18-21 and 31-45.
Each registration used a different registration card with a different set of questions. Card "A" was for the first draft, "B" the second, and "C" for the final draft. All of the cards ask for full name, age, date of birth, home address, race, citizenship, employer and address of employer, hair & eye color, height, build and physical disability. In addition, card "A" asked for place of birth, occupation, dependants, marital status, prior military service, and reason for exemption. Additional questions on card "B" were place of birth, father's place of birth and name & address of nearest relative. Additional questions on card "C" were occupation and name & address of nearest relative.
In this database I have included the questions from all three cards, which means that those names with blank fields did not have that question on their card. This database was transcribed from images of the original cards, so errors may occur due to my interpretation of the original handwriting.
Surnames beginning with "A" through "G", "I", "U", "V", "Y" & "Z" currently have complete transcriptions