The WWI draft registrations included a question where it asks the registrant if they claimed an exemption.  Exemptions came in three flavors:

1. Dependency – It’s amazing how many of these people had dependent parents.  Of course, wife and children were also dependents.  One registrar wrote a note saying “Registrant is employed by his father.  Father not dependant on him.”  Another wrote, “I don’t believe his mother is dependent as he does not know where she is.”

2.  Essential Occupations – These were normally occupations that included some type of military or government service.  One man worked for the Secret Service and claimed his exemption based on that.

3.  Religious Scruples – In WWI this included only Amish, Quaker and Church of the Brethren.  I have seen none of this in the Native registrations.

There is humor to be found everyplace.  One man wrote in the exemption field “married and poor.”  That could be any of us I think, especially when first married.

About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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2 Responses to Exemptions

  1. Susi Pentico says:

    I shared information about your blog on the Blog Talk Radio Show with Thomas Mac Entee last night because they were talking about the Native American and Black heritage of some of our ancestors.

  2. Susi Pentico says:

    I shared this link with the Geneabloggers Radio Show last night. The topic was Black and Native American ancestry.

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