Here is a World War I Draft Reghistration card for my grandfather, Frederick Walton Seaver of Leominster, Massachusetts:
According to the information provided by Frederick, he was:
* Name is "Frederick Walton Seaver"
* Residence is "290 Central, Leominster, Worcester, Mass."
* age "41," born "9 October 1876"
* Race "White " is checked
* "Native born" citizenship is checked
* Occupation is "Superintendent at Paton Mfg Co."
* Employed by "Paton Mfg Co."
* Business address is "282 Central St., Leominster, Wor., Mass."
* Next of kin is "Wife, Alma B. Seaver, resides at 290 Central St., Leominster, Wor., Mass."
* Signature as "Frederick W. Seaver"
* Height is "Medium"
* Build is "Stout"
* Color of Eyes is "Blue"
* Color of Hair is "Lt. brown"
* Disabilities is "No"
* Registrar is "J. Ward Healey"
* Date of Registration is "September 12, 1918"
These World War I Draft Registration cards provide a wealth of information and a signature of your ancestor or target person. They have been very helpful in adding full names, birth dates, current residence address, citizenship, occupation and place of work, next of kin, and physical description for my one-name studies on Seaver, Carringer, Dill, Vaux, Auble and other surnames.
The World War I Draft Registration cards were required for all males born between 1874 and 1900, except those already in the Armed Forces, and were gathered in several batches in 1917 and 1918 as the need for soldiers in World War I increased. However, not every male registered, but there are over 24 million of these cards in the Ancestry.com collection, which is about 98% of the number of males between ages 18 and 46 in 1918. The form is somewhat different for each group of persons. The complete collection is on Ancestry.com.