Thursday, November 14, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday- Gilbert Robert's WWII Draft Registration Card

Gilbert Ernest Roberts
© Cheri Hudson Passey

  During the process of creating a Honor Roll Page page for my Grandfather, Gilbert Ernest Roberts,Sr. (1920-1944), I decided to do a search on to see if there were any records added since the last time I had searched.
 To my surprise I found this WWII Draft Registration Card. Gilbert and my Grandmother, Azile Daughrity Roberts (1921-2009), were living in Charlotte, NC where he was working at Highland Park Mill.  He was 21 years old.

WWII Registration Card for Gilbert Ernest Roberts Pg.1 inage

 Although I already knew most of the information on this side of the card, it was fun to see my Grandparent's address as it is different from others that I have for them in Charlotte. My Grandfather Gilbert's signature on the bottom of the page touched my heart.
 I have many of Gilbert's military documents and some of the letters that he sent to family members as he served in the war so I have seen his signature before, but since I never knew him, I love seeing anything that he personally held in his hands.

WWII Draft Registration Card for Gilbert Ernest Roberts Pg. 2 image

  The second image has new information. It has a physical description of my Grandfather. I have a lot of pictures of him, but they are in black and white so it was fun to learn his height and weight and his eye and hair color! The date on the record means that at the time of his registering for the Draft, my Grandmother was just a few months pregnant with my Mom.
 More information to piece together the life of a man that my Mom and I never knew.
 Finding this document made me realize again how important is it to go back and check sites that you have already searched. New data bases and better indexes are added every day. You never know when a treasure may be found!

© Cheri Hudson Passey


  1. Nice finds! It always pays to go back and review websites.

    1. It sure does! Thanks so much for reading my post Sally!

  2. Cheri,

    Wonderful post! And a great reminder to recheck websites.

    And isn't it awesome to see our ancestors' descriptions and signatures on documents?

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. It's an honor to have my post listed in the Fab Finds post! I really appreciate it Jana!