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 years.

Recruitment poster used during WWII in Canada. Drawn by Hubert Rogers for the Wartime Information Board in Ottawa, Ontario. Source: Canadian War Poster Collection, McGill University Rare Books and Special Collections.

Canada, Military Honours and Awards Index 
This new set from Library and Archives Canada contains over 113,000 transcriptions, taken from a variety of medal award collections. For around 28,000 of them you’ll also find an original image.

You’ll typically discover a name, regiment, rank, medal type, and the date it was awarded.

The collection spans over 150 years, from 1812 to 1969, and it includes the War of 1812, Fenian Raids, and both World Wars. 

Canada, Courts Martial of the First World War Index 
Also new this week is an index of court martial records, recounting members of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces who were accused of military and civilian offences.

You’ll find some detail of a person’s offence in these 11,000 records, plus their name, service number, rank, regiment and unit, and the date of the event. Some of the transcripts also contain further remarks to shed more light on each case.  

Once you have located a person in the courts martials, you’ll see the microfilm reel number, and you can then look for the digitized image on Héritage.

Both of these record collections are also available and searchable in Other Resources in the Military History section on Library and Archives Canada’s website.

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