Press Release: WW1 and WW2 Military Records
- PRESS RELEASE:
Note that readers may also view these records on Ancestry.com by using the
Canada, Selected Service Records of Soldiers,
Canada, Selected Service Records of War Dead,
TORONTO, ON (December 15, 2010) � Ancestry.ca, Canada�s leading family
history resource, has launched online two new collections of military
records from the First and Second World Wars.
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) carefully selected these records from
their holdings, which provide rich detail about the experiences of soldiers
in the two World Wars. These records were digitized as part of the Lest We
Forget workshops � an initiative designed to connect students with the
stories of Canadians who served and died in war.
The collections, Selected Service Records of Soldiers, 1914-1918 and
Selected Service Records of War Dead, 1939-1945, are fully searchable by the
soldier�s name, birth and death date and keyword and provide unprecedented
information about soldiers� lives during their time serving in the military.
Individual soldiers� records in the collections contain up to three dozen
forms detailing their enlistment, training, medical and dental history,
hospitalization, discipline, pay, and discharge or notification of death,
painting a rich picture of their lives and often tragic experiences.
Selected Service Records of Soldiers, 1914-1918 contains a sampling of
approximately 100 individuals who served in the First World War. Amongst
these documents is personal correspondence from the few surviving complete
service files which have been recently released by LAC.
Selected Service Records of War Dead, 1939-1945 includes the enlistment
records, medical and dental charts, evaluation reports, medal and promotion
entitlements, letters (personal, military and recommendations), wills and
inventory of personal effects of approximately 100 soldiers from the Second
World War Service Files.
These new records add to what is already the largest online collection of
Canadian military records found anywhere in the world, one that includes the
Soldiers of the First World War, a collection of attestation papers for
nearly 600,000 Canadian soldiers who fought in the �War to End All Wars�.
Ancestry.ca genealogist Lesley Anderson comments: �There are so many
Canadians with ancestors who fought in the two world wars - many of whom
made the ultimate sacrifice - and so it is important that new generations
continue to learn about their stories through workshops such as Lest We
Access to these collections, along with the other 128 million historical
Canadian records available at Ancestry.ca, is part of the reason the company
was recently short-listed by Canada�s History Society for the 2010 Pierre
Berton Award, Canada�s top history prize, recognizing excellence in bringing
Canada�s history to a wider popular audience.
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