The US World War I Draft Registration Cards is a popular collection for finding male ancestors because it "accounts for approximately 98 percent of men in the U.S. born between 1872 and 1900. The total U.S. population in 1917-1918 was about 100 million individuals, so close to 25 percent of the total population is represented in these records."*
There were three primary registrations:
The first registration was on June 5, 1917, for all men ages 21 to 31 (specifically, men born between June 6, 1886 and June 5, 1896)
The second registration was on June 5, 1918, for all men who turned 21 after June 5, 1917, and a supplemental registration on August 24, 1918, for all men who turned 21 after June 5, 1918.
The third registration was on September 12, 1918 for all men ages 18 to 45 who had not previously enrolled.**
The US National Archives has some digitized draft registration cards for famous Americans, including this card for composer and jazz musician, …
The 1930 US Federal Census is a valuable collection for US family history research and subscription sites have invested a lot of time and money in their indexes, search capabilities, and extra features to help subscribers get the most bang for their buck.
Quite a few subscription sites have the 1930 US Federal Census.
Archives (Archives.com owned by Ancestry)
WorldVitalRecords (owned by MyHeritage)
Fold3 (owned by Ancestry, primarily a site for military records)
But, never fear, free alternatives exist, including:
FamilySearch - with a free index and images online
HeritageQuest - if your library subscribes to HeritageQuest, a product of ProQuest, you may have free access from your home, with a library card, to the 1930 US Federal Census index and images.
(Updated as of 1/4/2018) MooseRoots no longer has the 1930 US Federal Census available.
That said, I love to use a subsc…
A popular collection at MyHeritage is the 1940 US Federal Census and at MyHeritage you can do simple searches but enough of the results are behind a paywall that it's truly a subscription-only collection. The good news is, if you're looking for free alternatives, you have many options.
Some of your best free alternatives include:
FamilySearch-you can see the 1940 US Federal Census index and images for free (the index was created by a worldwide FamilySearch indexing volunteer effort and has been part of collection exchanges with other genealogy sites)
Archives.com-you can see the 1940 US Federal Census index and images for free (Archives.com is a private company purchased by Ancestry.com, not to be confused with Archives.gov, the US National Archives)
RootsPoint-you can see the 1940 US Federal Census index for free and can create a free account to view the images for free (they created their own index and search results may vary from other sites)
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