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Library and Archives Canada recently launched an updated and expanded version of the Service Files of the Second World War – War Dead, 1939-1947 database. Researchers can now access more than 1000 complete digitized service files for Canadian servicemen and servicewomen killed in action during the Second World War. More search fields The database, available on the Library and Archives website through the Military Heritage portal, can now be searched using an increased number of access fields. These include: first and last name of the enlisted person, service number, date and place of birth, date and place of enlistment. By using these search features, Canadian students participating in Lest We Forget, a national project that gives them the opportunity to research the life stories of Canadian servicemen and servicewomen, will be able to quickly identify service files related to their community. What kind of information can I find in these records? The digitized service files contain documents and correspondence pertaining to enlistment and appointment, training and qualifications, awards and medals, medical history, and wills and insurance. Researchers can expect to find records such as the Canadian Active Service Force attestation paper, a Record of Service with information on training and education before and during service, documents from the Department of National Defence Estates Branch, and grave registration and post-war exhumation reports. More information on the Killed in Action database Along with details of service, this database offers a window into the lives of those who served and the families they left behind. Throughout the Second World War (1939-1945), Canadian men and women served in great numbers with the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force, and Royal Canadian Navy. From a population of just over 11,000,000 in 1939, Canada saw more than 1,159,000 of its citizens enlist. The price of victory was high: approximately 45,000 Canadians and close to 1000 Newfoundlanders lost their lives during and immediately following the war. In addition to these, more than 55,000 servicemen were wounded and countless civilians experienced the suffering and loss brought about by war. While providing a valuable resource for research, the KIA database helps to tell the story of those who served, fought, and died in a war that stretched across the globe.
If you had anyone in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War, you should read this notice -
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, OGS has launched a new Heritage Society. The First World War Society is a lineage Society open to anyone who can show descent from a person who served in a documented capacity on the Allied side of the First World War.
To qualify for this Society, your research must show that your named ancestor(s) fits in the category above, and then show the line of descent from that ancestor(s) to you or the person you wish named on the certificate.
Genealogical Society of Quebec, the French-Canadian Genealogical Society
(Montreal) and the Genealogical Society of Trois-Rivières are associated with
the Franco-Quebec Commission on places of memory and common-Château Ramezay
Museum and Historic Site Montreal in 2015 to commemorate the 350th anniversary
of the arrival of the Carignan-Salt and four companies of Lieutenant-General
Alexander Prouville and Marquis de Tracy. To remember and honor the memory of
these soldiers, we will give 100 certificates to their patrilineal descendants
For more information, see www.sgq.qc.ca
As part of the 100th anniversary commemoration of the First World War, LAC
is digitizing the remaining 640,000 Canadian Expeditionary Force members’
personnel service files. To be able to perform this major undertaking, LAC will
temporarily close portions of the CEF service files, with 75% of the collection
remaining open at all times during the project. At the end of the digitization
project, expected in 2015, Canadians will have unprecedented online access to
this rich resource and will be able to research high-quality digital copies of
the more than 650,000 service files for free. At that point , LAC will no
longer take orders for copies. For more information on this initiative,
please consult the Fact
Sheet: Digitization of Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Files,
which will provide updates on the portion of the collection being worked on.
Wednesday - German Internet Research: A Launching Place for Your Research by James M. Beidler Internet research for German ancestors is not as fully developed as it is for North American or British ancestors, but don’t let that stop you! There is a significant subscription site, along with some important indexes, original and compiled, records online. Fortunately, the number of actual records online is growing at a significant rate. Other German genealogy sites provide important information about places or sources. Indeed, your research will suffer if you don’t use the Internet for your German research. Click here to register.
May was Asian Heritage Month in Canada, during which we acknowledge the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada. Asian Heritage Month also provides an opportunity for Canadians across the country to reflect on and celebrate the contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage to the growth and prosperity of Canada.
To celebrate Asian culture, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the addition of references to its Immigrants from China database. It now includes references to the C.I.9 certificates issued to people of Chinese origin born in Canada and wanting to leave Canada for a limited time without losing their Canadian status. The actual records include a photograph and provide information such as the individual’s name, age and place of birth, as well as the port and date of departure, and the ship’s name.