Last summer when the Toronto Star published an interactive tool to help us learn more about our Canadian ancestors who served during WWI, I must have been busy in the garden because I don’t remember seeing it. Fortunately, the tool is still available.
Step by step, like child’s play, the interactive tool shows us how to research the records at Library and Archives Canada, from service files to war diaries. We are also provided with several links to other resources.
An international Canadian Expeditionary Force Research Group looks particularly interesting. Katie Daubs, a Toronto Star staff reporter, wrote about her experience with this group: “Its reach is wide — within minutes of asking for help interpreting my great grandfather’s service file, a handful of WWI enthusiasts from around the world posted a reply to the forum.” In this research group, you will find threads on a variety of topics, such as war diary transcripts and unit histories.
Give the interactive tool a try. You will find it on the Toronto Star’s website.