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France, Vienne, Military Draft Cards, 1867-1921
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Vienne, France
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Location of Vienne, France
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Record Description
Record Type: War registers
Collection years: 1867-1921
Languages: French
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Archive
Archives Départementales de la Vienne


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains an Index of military draft cards for men born between 1867-1921. Each record contains information about the solider such as, name, birth place, residence, occupation, parents names and their residence, a physical description of the soldier, military curriculum, and details about wounds.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

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What Can these Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Draft Registers

  • Name
  • Birthplace
  • Physical description
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Names of parents
  • Residence of parents
  • Military curriculum
  • Details about wounds

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Name of the individual
  • Year of birth

As you search, look for a record which matches this information.

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Copy down all the information from the record detail.
  • Look at the actual image of the record whenever possible. The original record might contain additional information that was not indexed.
  • Cite the record. See below for help citing this collection.
  • Use the information you have found to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth.
  • Continue to search the index to identify additional entries for children, siblings, parents, and other relatives.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. It was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name.
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches.
  • Search the records of nearby localities. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in France.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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