Sunday, April 10, 2011

FamilySearch Find Of The Day

I thought it might be a neat theme for any random day of the week, to post a miscellaneous record that I periodically find on FamilySearch. With all the new databases they've been adding, I'm bound to find lots of new information on my family.

This post highlights the updated database "United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942". They recently updated the database on Friday, so I thought I'd give it a try and see what I could find. Seeing that they had an index that covers West Virginia, I immediately thought of my great-grandfather, Alex Gombash. I entered his name and his record was the first result to appear. A bit too easy, considering Gombash is always spelled wrong and butchered by whomever is actually writing the records.

Serial Number: 462
Name: Alex Gombash
Place of Residence: Caretta, McDowell, W.Va.
Mailing address: Same
Age in Years: 45
Date of Birth: 11 Nov 1896
Place of Birth: Deegan, Pa.
Name and Address of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Anna Gombash, Caretta, W.Va.
Employer's Name and Address: Carter Coal Co., Coalwood, W.Va.
Place of Employment or Business: Caretta, McDowell, W.Va.
Signature-Alex Gombash
Race: White
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 145lbs
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Gray
Complexion: Light
Signature of Registrar: Clyde Oney
Registrar for Local Board:  3, Beckley, W.Va.
Date of Registration: 27 of April 1942


  1. Nick it's funny you should pick this database - I too spent yesterday working on WW2 Draft Cards from West VA. Great minds...

  2. Great find. I love this data base and in particular the draft cards because they give a great physical description. Helpful if you never were priviledged to have a picture.

  3. Awesome! After reading your posts and watching Who Do You Think You Are?, I want to get back into genealogy so much!!