Military Genealogy by 270LE5


									An introduction to on-line resources relating to Canadian
                military service records
 Provide an outline of some on-line resources for pre-
  First World War military records, First and Second
  World Records and other websites.
 Knowing even a little about the individual you are
  researching helps and a good starting point is family
 The next step is The Library and Archives Canada’s
 Genealogy Centre (LAC).
 Prior to the First World War the service records were not
  detailed and often consisted of muster or pay lists or medal
  rolls. LAC holds copies of these if the individual served in
  Canada and this website explains what is available:
    LAC has also scanned all the service files for those who
     served in the South African War
    If the person served in the British Military outside of
     Canada then The National Archives (TNA) near London,
     England, is a great source of records
 Captain George Piers was born on 7 February 1830 in Nova
  Scotia an died of influenza in Halifax on 29 October 1910 at
  the age of 80. His father was born in Nova Scotia and his
  mother in England. A Wesleyan Methodist, and a merchant
  by trade, he was married to Emily Ann (who passed away in
  Halifax on 15 May 1919 at the age of 82 of pneumonia) and
  the father of six children: Edith, Ada, Annie, Temple Foster,
  William and Emily Alberta. He was a company commander
  in the Halifax Volunteer Battalion, and in 1866 was called
  out on active service to protect the border against Fenian
  invasion. Both George and Emily were buried in the Camp
  Hill Cemetery, Halifax.
 Military service files are available from LAC and
  are searchable from their on-line database called
  “Soldiers of the First World War database”,
 The navy and air force are not on-line but are
  available upon request.
 Also available on-line are battalion war diaries
 The Canadian War Museum’s Military History
 Research Centre holds dozens of unit histories,
 published memoirs, nominal rolls and general
 histories. Their catalogue can be searched from home
 at The Centre is open
 Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm and while they
 don’t lend directly to individuals, many of the books
 are available through an inter-library loan with your
 local library.
 Unfortunately most of the Second World personnel
  records are closed for the life of the individual plus 20
  years, BUT if you can prove that someone has been
  gone for 20 years or more you can order a copy of their
 The files for casualties are available:
Casualties of War
  Information on casualties is easier to find because their
   files are open and they are commemorated on websites
   such as:
  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
  The Maple Leaf Legacy Project
The following slides illustrate online
Consultingthe Soldiersof the First World Wardatabaseand lookingattheattestationpaperfor mygrandfatherwecan tell thatWilliamThomas
Kendallwas born in Enfield, Middlesex, Englandon 19 December1887, his nextof kin is his motherMrs. L. Kendallwhowas living in Mount
Dennis, Ontarioatthetime heenlisted. Hewassingle, 26 yearsold, 5’3” (my motheralwaysclaims hewasa tall man!)anelectricianand had
servedwith the Royal CanadianHorseArtillery forthreeyearspriortoenlisting in the CanadianExpeditionaryForceon 25 September1915at
Valcartier, Quebecand his service numberwas 5704. If we thengotosomethinglike Ancestryand thecensusrecordswecan tell thathewasoneof
fourchildrenof Frederick and Louis Kendall, living in All SaintsParishof London,Englandand thatWilliamwasworkingas arailroad
messengerin 1901and hecame to Canadain 1909.
ForsomeonelikeRichard Rowland Thompson,about whom much has beenwritten, youcan still start from the beginningand look at his SouthAfrican War servicefile,
withoutleavinghome,thanks to LAC.
Lookingat his on-linefileyoufind out that Thompsonwas 22, single, had light brown hair and blueeyes,was 5’6’,a medical student and born in Cork,Ireland and that his
nextof kin was his mother back in Cork, he enlistedin Ottawa on 18 October1899. His filealso tells us he was of good intelligence,of a nervoustemperamentand was
generallyhealthy,that he served with the 2nd SpecialServiceBattalion of the RoyalCanadian Regimentin SouthAfrican, was entitledto theQueensSouthAfrica Medal
withthe clasps: Paardeberg, Driefonteinand Cape Colony.Wealso learn that he was discharged on 16October 1900 and was then commissionedin the SouthAfrican
Constabulary beforetaking up employmentwith the DeBeersCompanyin South Africa and that he had beenawarded one theQueens Scarves and that hehad been
nominatedfor the Victoria Cross.
 Honours awarded to the RCN during the Second World
 Royal Canadian Legion Last Post
 RCAF Honours and Awards
 The Canadian War Museum has a collection of 144,000
  newspaper clippings from the Second World War called
  “Democracy at war”. This has been digitized and is fully
  searchable on-line
 LAC has a selection of First World War records digitized
  and on-line.
On-line resources continued
 The London Gazette, search on names to see when
    someone was promoted, mentioned in despatches or
    awarded medals and honours
   The National Archives in the US
   Canadian Military Heritage Project
   For Newfoundland soldiers
   Ancestry is an excellent resource
    as is Find My Past with
    links to various census
   Provincial vital statistics websites such as or
On-line resources continued
 A list of recipients of the French Croix de Guerre
   The Canada Gazette
   A British military genealogy website
   The LAC’s Genealogy Centre
   A British genealogy website
   An American Genealogy website
On-line resources continued
 The Red Cross in Great Britain
 Holocaust survivors
 The National Archives in the UK has excellent on-line
Not all military records are on-line
but hopefully these links will point
you in the right direction to start
your research into someone’s
military history.

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