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Physical Descriptions

If there's a military record--or even a draft registration--available for your ancestor, don't overlook the physical description that may be included. These details can help you envision the person you're researching.

This description of my Civil War ancestor is helpful, as I've never seen a photo of him:

Civil War enlistment card

This WWI draft registration states that the person had red hair, a detail that wouldn't be obvious in black-and-white photographs:

This WWII draft registration describes a unique scar:

And finally, this WWII draft registration provides a detail that might not have been documented anywhere else:


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