In honour of Remembrance Day, here are my two recent posts on finding First and Second World War files at Library and Archives Canada.
In this two part series, I begin exploring military files at Library and Archives Canada, beginning with the First World War.
In this companion post, I discuss Second World War files, including my experience in a recent application for a Second World War military service file, and then look at the surprising depth of military files online at Library and Archives Canada.
Ancestry’s Military Collection: free to access until Nov 12
Ancestry will honour Remembrance Day by offering its worldwide collection for free until tomorrow. To access, you”ll need to go to http://www.ancestry.ca/remembrance and register. (Please don’t try to access any other way or you’ll be disappointed.)
Included in this release will be two new Canadian collections: Canada, World War II Newsreels, 1942-1945, and Canada, World War II, Faces of the Second World War, 1941-1945. Here is a screenshot of a partial list of Canadian military records. Thanks to Gail Dever at Genealogy à la carte for her excellent roundup of genealogy news.
In the Canada, World War II Newsreels, 1942-1945, No. 101, you can find Force 136 assembling at Aldershot, England, for a brief interview. Watch the entire film or fast forward to about 5 minutes, 30 seconds. For more about the Chinese Canadians commandos, see The James Bonds of Chinatown: meet Force 136.
On this day, thanks to all those who served their country, regardless of when or who.