Category Archives: Military

New WWI Canadian records added to Ancestry

I learned from John D. Reid’s blog, Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections, that Ancestry has added the following Canadian WWI records. Canada, Ledgers of CEF Officers Transferring to Royal Flying Corps, 1915-1919, 1,210 records This relatively small database is from the records of … Continue reading

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American soldiers and their children who died in Quebec during the War of 1812

While reading Vicky Lapointe’s blog, Quebec City’s history and its region, I came across a year-old post that made me realize that publishing burial information, in the hope a distant relative will learn about it, is not new. Even some people in the … Continue reading

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Dr. Desmond Morton to speak about Townshippers during WWI

Well-known military historian Dr. Desmond Morton will speak at the Stanstead Historical Society’s annual general meeting on Saturday, June 14. In his talk, So… what did Townshippers do in the Great War, Daddy?, Dr. Morton will discuss the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles, the … Continue reading

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Lives of the First World War website

Lorine McGinnis Schulze of The Olive Tree Genealogy has written a blog post about a new website, Lives of the First World War. “Lives of the First World War is one of the Imperial War Museum’s major centenary projects, which … Continue reading

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New exhibit marks 100th anniversary of the Royal 22e Régiment

The Royal 22e Régiment Museum at the Citadelle in Quebec City recently opened a permanent exhibit, Je me souviens (I remember), to mark the regiment’s 100th anniversary. Known as the Van Doos, the 22e Régiment was formed in 1914 so that French Canadians could serve … Continue reading

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LAC expands database of service files of WWII casualties

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) 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 1,000 complete digitized service files for Canadian servicemen … Continue reading

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McMaster University digitzes WWI trench maps

To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario has digitized more than 1,350 trench maps and 580 photos from France and Belgium that the university acquired over the years. These artifacts join the more … Continue reading

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Share your family’s WWI stories with the Globe and Mail

To reflect on the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, has put out another call for people who want to share their stories, letters, photos, and other mementos of the war. Whether … Continue reading

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Latest batch of British WWI unit diaries now online

The National Archives announced a couple of days ago that it has made a third batch of WWI unit war diaries from France and Flanders available online through its First World War 100 portal. The unit war diaries provide accounts … Continue reading

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Maggots, shinplasters, and spooning at Libby prison — 150 years ago this week

More than 40 years after the American Civil War ended, my great-great-grandfather James “Jimmy” Young wrote a memoir about his experience with the 6th Connecticut Volunteers, Company K, and the months he endured in Andersonville prison. He was originally from … Continue reading

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