US, Louisiana—World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940–1945


Project Instructions



Read the Instructions

  • Please read these project instructions carefully before indexing any batches.
  • Review this page and the field helps frequently for updates to these instructions.
  • Click here for a summary of project updates.

Draft Cards

  • The draft registration cards have two sides, but only the front has information to be indexed.
  • Each image shows either the front or the back of a card.
    • Front of Card: Only the front has information to be indexed.
    • Back of Card: Do not index the back. Mark it as a No Extractable Data Image.
  • The location of information varies somewhat on the front of registration cards. The major difference is where the date of birth is written:

Using Highlights

  • Two types of highlights are available for this project: Draft Card 1 and Draft Card 2. Draft Card 1 has the age and date of birth in box 4, while Draft Card 2 has the age and date of birth in box 5. To change the type of highlight:
    1. In the Highlight field at the top of the indexing screen, click the drop-down arrow.
    2. Select the highlight type.
  • If the highlights do not appear on the image:
    1. On the menu bar, click View.
    2. Click Show Highlights so that a check mark appears.
  • The highlights may not always line up with the image, particularly when the card is not centered within the image. To adjust the highlights to fit the image:
    1. On the menu bar, click View.
    2. Click Adjust Highlights.
    3. Move the cursor over the image, and all highlights will appear.
    4. Adjust the highlights to match the image.
  • Adjusting highlights may be tricky. Click here for more detailed instructions on how to do it. A key to successfully aligning the highlights with the forms is to first adjust the red outline to encompass the area where the fields are located.
  • If the highlights still do not match the form, you may choose to turn them off and use the ruler.

Handwriting Helps

  • Many of these records are handwritten. The handwriting resource on the data entry screen may help you decipher handwriting.
  • To access this resource, click on the Handwriting Help icon (which looks like an inkwell with an orange feather quill).
  • Additional handwriting helps

Additional Information