To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain perpetually a child. For what is the worth of a human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 B.C.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Military Monday: Nathan Sadek

I first must give thanks to my local public library for having a membership to Ancestry because without them I would have not found this.

Nathan "Sadek" WWI draft registration card

So cool. I wish I knew more about this. Anyone have any idea what it means? Was he in WWI?

And now more than ever I seem to be at a peak of confusion about his last name. Is it Sadick or Sadek?? Which is correct. I know without a doubt that the last name was "Americanized" when they came over, just like his first name which is really, Naftali. Just makes me wonder if I will ever have this 'mysteries' really solved.

Off to email a cousin who knew Nathan personally to see if maybe she can shed some light.



  1. These cards are full of useful information, such as occupation and employer, nearest relative, and whether they were a US citizen or not. Next time you search on Ancestry you may want to also search for both spellings. This card does not mean he was in WWI.

    Here is some information about these registration cards:
    In 1917 and 1918, approximately 24 million men living in the United States completed a World War I draft registration card. These registration cards represent approximately 98% of the men under the age of 46. The total U.S. population in 1917-1918 was about 100 million individuals. In other words, close to 25% of the total population is represented in these records.

    Good luck solving your mystery!

  2. Thank you Tiffany, yea I am pretty confident that he didn't serve was just a registration type thing that was required.

    I had no idea that Nathan was a tailor! Pretty cool.