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November 2010
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Military Feature Section
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Pierre Berton Award Finalist
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Feature Section
Military Collections on Ancestry.ca
Discover the military hero in your family with Ancestry.ca. With millions of military records from around the world, Ancestry.ca can help you find the military history in your family. These military collections feature Attestation Papers, Registration Cards, Burial Registers, and Prisoner of War records, all accessible with a simple search. In honour of Remembrance Day, Ancestry.ca has gathered quick links to our most popular military collections from Canada, the U.K., the U.S. and around the world. Discover the millions of military records waiting for you on Ancestry.ca. Discover your military heroes. remembrance day collage
Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914–1918
CEF Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914–1919NEW
CEF Burial Registers, First World War, 1914–1919NEW
Canada, Militia and Defence Forces Lists, 1832, 1863–1939
Selected Service Records of Soldiers, 1914–1918NEW
Selected Service Records of War Dead, 1939–1945NEW

U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards
U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942UPDATED
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938–1946
U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861–1865
U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798–1914
Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861–1865
U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775–2006

Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793–1949NEW
Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793–1972NEW
Citations of the Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914–1920NEW
Casualties of the Boer War, 1899–1902
Waterloo Medal Roll, 1815
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar, 1861–1941

Scottish Soldiers in Colonial America, Part I
Holocaust: Survivor List from the files of World Jewish Congress
Ireland, Casualties of World War I, 1914–1918
Germany, Directories of Military Officers, 1600–1914
ANZAC Memorial
Ille-et-Vilaine, France Soldiers, 1790–1815

Pierre Berton Award
Pierre Berton Award Finalist
Recently, Ancestry.ca was recognized by Canada’s History Society and nominated for the prestigious Pierre Berton Award. This award acknowledges excellence in bringing Canadian history to a wider audience. Past awards have honoured the initiatives of writers, filmmakers, television broadcasters, and non-profit organizations. The History Society awarded Ancestry.ca as a finalist because it is part of the world’s largest online aggregator of historical records providing Canadian families with an unprecedented breadth of resources to begin their exploration of Canada’s history with the stories that intrigue them the most – those of their own families and descendants.
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Canada, CEF Commonwealth War Graves Registers,
The Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) was the field force created by Canada for service overseas in the First World War. The force was so respected and had such combat efficiency that the Germans nicknamed them Stormtroopers. The mostly volunteer force became so revered by the Allied commanders that the Canadians were ordered to spearhead the last campaigns of the War. This database includes many of the records of the more than 60,000 soldiers who never returned from the war. Records include all known information about their death and burial.

NEW COLLECTION   |   Available to Canada & World Deluxe Members
Canada, CEF Burial Registers, First World War,
This collection documents the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) service personnel who died during the First World War in Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom. The registers, also known as the 'Circumstances of Death', were created by the Ministry of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada to report all known information about the death and burial of a soldier, nurse or other individual. As Canada was called to fight alongside Britain in the First World War, the Canadian Expeditionary Force represented the first time Canadian forces fought as a distinct unit under a Canadian-born commander. You may discover the burial location or circumstances of death with this incredible Canadian military collection on Ancestry.ca.

NEW COLLECTION   |   Available to Canada & World Deluxe Members
Quebec, Canada, Land Grants, 1763–1890
After the Treaty of Paris in 1763, the Imperial Government issued instructions for the grant of lands. This database contains an alphabetized index of people who received a Land Grant from the Crown between 1763 and 1890. This index is important because it places a family in an area and points to the Land Grant Letter of Patent that can contain more genealogical detail. The head of a family could receive 100 acres and other members could receive 50 acres, this land could increase to 1,000 acres total in exceptional cases. This index includes the name of the grantee, the county, township, number of acres granted, date patented and any additional comments.

NEW COLLECTION   |   Available to World Deluxe Members
London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812
Parish records—primarily baptisms, marriages, and burials—are the best source of vital record information before the nineteenth century. Before Civil Registration began in 1837, key events in a person’s life were typically recorded by the Church rather than the State. This data collection contains baptism and burial records from
1538–1812 and marriage records from 1538–1753 for more than 10,000 Church of England parish registers from parishes in the greater London area. It also includes Bishop’s Transcripts – copies of parish registers sent to the bishop of a diocese. Search for your family's own handwritten parish record today.

NEW COLLECTION   |   Available to World Deluxe Members
Fife, Scotland, Voters Lists, 1832–1894
Need a break from Canada’s political squabbles? This collection of voter registers is purely Scottish. More than just names are registered: you'll also find out what a person did for a living, where he lived and what type of property was held.

NEW COLLECTION   |   Available to World Deluxe Members
New South Wales, Australia, Register of Coroners' Inquests and Magisterial Inquiries, 1796–1824,
Coroners in New South Wales, Australia, had plenty to keep them busy: investigating unnatural or sudden deaths, deaths when a body was unidentified, a cause of death was uncertain, or the deceased was in the care of the state. Plus coroners could investigate fires that destroyed property, if so inclined. Read their full reports in this new collection.

New Site Features
New Tree Viewer
Ancestry.ca is pleased to announce our new family tree viewer. Now easier to use, the new family tree allows you to zoom in and view your tree the way you'd like to see it. View the tree in Family view or Pedigree view and see your family history by a generation or even five generations in one view. New tree viewer features allow you to view your tree in the full width of your browser. From the big pictures to the smallest detail, you can see your tree your way.

Community Buzz
We’d like to congratulate Glenn Wright who sits on the Ancestry.ca advisory board. He recently released his book: Canadians at War 1914–1919 – A Research Guide to World War One Service Records.

Congratulations Glenn!


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