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Canadian: Military Records
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Military records constitute a major source of genealogical material in Canada. Emphasis will be on the correlation between personnel records, land transactions and nominal roles from the period of New France to the Korean Conflict. At the end of this course you will be able to search for your ancestor from a nominal role to the land acquisition or pension from various records groups located at the National Archives or the provincial archives (including records of those who fought against the government of the day). You will be able to use other sources such as medal registers, battalion histories, militia pay lists, etc. to help you build a better genealogy.


Course Content

Module 1

Canadian Military Records For the Family Historian
• General Introduction
• Research Tools
• Libraries
• Archives
• Discovering More about a Military Ancestor
The Records
• Record Group 9 (Militia and Defence)
• Record Group 24 (National Defence)
• Record Group 150 (Ministry of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada)
• Record Group 38 (Veterans Affairs Canada)
• Record Group 15 (Department of the Interior)
Other Sources of Published Information
Local Histories
Contemporary Newspapers
Sessional Papers
 

Module 2
Nineteenth Century
Introduction
• Militia in the Nineteenth Century
• Militia Records
• Permanent Force, 1871-1914
• Permanent Force Records
Royal Military College
• The Records
• Medals
• Additional Published Sources
Rebellions in the Canadas, 1837-1838
• Upper Canada
• Lower Canada
1838: Border Raids
• Records
• Published Sources
• Upper Canada
• Lower Canada
• Family History & Genealogy
 

Module 3
Fenian Raids, 1866 & 1870
• Service Information
• Medals
Red River Rebellion, 1870
• Published sources
• Archival Records
• Medals
• Land Grants
• Internet Resources
The Nile Expedition 1884-1885
• Published Sources
North West Rebellion 1885
• Published Sources
• Government Published Sources
• Archival Records
• Medals
• Land Grants
Conclusion
British Military Records
 

Module 4
Twentieth Century
Introduction
• Record Group 9 (Militia and Defence)
• Record Group 24 (National Defence)
• Record Group 38 (Veterans Affairs Canada)
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• Record Group 150 (Ministry of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada)
South African War, 1899-1902
• Service Files
• Medals
• Land Grants
• Published Sources
• What to watch for...
 

Module 5
First World War 1914-1918
• Introduction
• Personnel Files
• Ancillary Records for the First World War
• War Diaries
• Unit Files
• Court Martial Records
Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force (CSEF)
• Regimental & Unit Histories
Royal Canadian Navy
• Canadians in Other Services
Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force
• Sources for Casualty Information
• Medals: Honours & Awards
 

Module 6
Second World War 1939-1945
• Ancillary Records for the Second World War
Canadian Army
Royal Canadian Navy
• Honours & Awards
Royal Canadian Air Force, 1939-1945
RAF Ferry Command
• Honours & Award
Korea 1950-1955
General Conclusion
 
 

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