The County Named Miscellaneous

As I work my way through the various states, I couldn’t help but notice that some people were registered in the county called Miscellaneous, in their respective states.  Now, to the best of my knowledge, there is no county named Miscellaneous in any state, let alone all the states

Of course, I had to take a look.

Turns out that there are several reasons to be registered in that county named Miscellaneous.  Those reasons include being incarcerated, being in the “insane asylum,” or returning your registration after the final due date when the office in your county closed.  Another interesting reason was being in the hospital, but when I looked closely, it was called a “detention hospital.”  I’m thinking that was probably more like a prison hospital that a public hospital.

So if you find your ancestor registered for the draft in the county of Miscellaneous, keep looking.  There is probably some colorful information waiting just for you!

About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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