This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) collects registration documents of German (and certain other foreign) immigrants living in the state of Kansas during World War I who registered as alien enemies per government orders.
When the United States declared war on Germany in 1917, President Wilson authorized the registration of aliens living in the United States. This edict included all German males aged 14 and older who had not begun the naturalization process. Their wives also had to register, even if the woman was an American citizen born in the United States. A proclamation in April 1918 required Austro-Hungarian nationals and their wives to register as well. Most of the registrations in this collection were completed by June 1918; the registration requirement was rescinded in December that same year.
Registration forms differ somewhat for males and females. Affidavits for male aliens ask for the following information:
place of registration
birth date and place
current residence and other residences since 1 January 1914
employment since 1 January 1914
arrival information (date, port, name of ship)
names and residence of mother and father and whether they were living
information about wife and children
whether any family member was fighting for or against the United States and its allies
whether registered for the selective service and previous military service
whether contacted by, or registered with, a foreign government since 1 January 1914
thumb, hand, and fingerprints with a photograph
Affidavits for female aliens ask for the following information in addition to the questions above:
name (including maiden name if applicable)
names and birth dates of children
names, birth dates, and places of residence for brothers and sisters
whether engaged in governmental service
whether husband had applied for citizenship
languages spoken, written, and read
As you can see, there is much information of interest in these affidavits if your ancestor is one of the 21,741 Kansans who filled one out!
To find this record collection in Ancestry LE (case does not matter):
SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE kansas alien
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