Category Archives: Military

Findmypast adds two Canadian military collections

This week Findmypast has added two Canadian military collections, containing about 120,000 records. These sets mark the beginning of Findmypast’s partnership with Library and Archives Canada that will allow them to add more Canadian records to Findmypast in the coming … Continue reading

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Millions of new military records available on Findmypast

When taking advantage of Findmypast’s free access until early Monday to almost all of its records and newspapers, you may also want to explore the following new records. Britain, First World War Campaign Medals More than 6.5 million new records have … Continue reading

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Canadian government program needs genealogical researcher to help identify remains of war dead

The National Defence’s Casualty Identification Program, that works to identify newly found skeletal remains and pre-existing unknown graves of Canadian service members from both World Wars and the Korean War, wants to hire a research historian whose work will be … Continue reading

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Casualty Identification Program looking for families of six Canadian soldiers missing in Korea to help identify them

The Department of National Defence’s Casualty Identification Program needs help. They have found living DNA donors for 10 of the 16 Canadian Army soldiers missing in Korea, but they are having trouble finding the families for six of the soldiers. … Continue reading

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Additions to Findmypast — Glasgow and London records

Findmypast has added two new record collections and added more records to its London burials collection.  Shoreditch Settlement Examinations 1758-1802 This new collection of 10,782 records includes those who were “settled” in Shoreditch, London during the second half of the 18th … Continue reading

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Remains of WWI soldier Sgt. Arthur Melvin identified

The remains of Sergeant Arthur Melvin, a Canadian soldier killed in 1917 during the First World War, have been identified. Previously buried as an unknown soldier, his name will now be engraved onto his headstone. The Department of National Defence … Continue reading

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YouTube — British evacuees in Canada during WWII

The Children’s Overseas Reception Board during the Second World War helped evacuate more than 1,500 British children to Canada to protect them from the Blitz. To tell this wartime story, British freelance writer and historian Alex Bowers, who moved earlier this … Continue reading

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Findmypast — Anglo-Boer War and Scottish records

Last week at Findmypast, they increased the number of records for the Anglo-Boer War and added Scottish records from the small county of Nairnshire. Anglo-Boer War records 1899-1902 If your ancestor served in the Anglo-Boer War, you may find them here. … Continue reading

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Canadian soldier Frederick Percival Bousfield of the First World War identified

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces have confirmed the identification of a previously unknown First World War grave in Bedford House Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, as that of Corporal Frederick Percival Bousfield. The identity was confirmed … Continue reading

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Funding for Vimy Foundation’s youth leadership commemorative and educational initiatives

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, yesterday announced funding of up to $241,000 for the Vimy Foundation over the next year to support their project, The Spirit of Vimy: Highlighting Youth Leadership and … Continue reading

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