Column: Medical Data Portal for First World War Soldiers

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: Column: Medical Data Portal for First World War Soldiers

Snippet: v For more than a decade, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has provided Canadians access to digital images of the attestation papers for individuals who served in the First World War (1914-1918). They are available in the Soldiers of the First World War database on the LAC website.

This initial introduction to the war records provided researchers with two images: the front and the back of the attestation paper. Sometimes a few more pages were included.

Last year, the LAC began the huge task of digitizing the complete file for each enlisted person. The first installment went online July 2014. This project works alphabetically, so if your ancestor’s surname is at the beginning of the alphabet, chances are their complete records are already available. Every few months, a new group of digital images are added to the collection.

When completed, more than 640,000 Canadian Expeditionary Force personnel records will be available.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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