Column: New and Improved Personnel Records of the First World War

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: The New and Improved Personnel Records of the First World War

Snippet: For almost twenty years, I’ve been researching veterans. It started with my father, his brothers and cousins who served in the Second World War and expanded to include my grandfather, who served in the First World War. Although the Great War ended almost a hundred years ago, it’s easier to learn information on those veterans than it is the more recent world war because of privacy laws.

One of the collections I took advantage of to learn details of my grandfather’s service was the Canadian Expeditionary Force – Soldiers of the First World War on the Library and Archive Canada (LAC) website. When I started my research, the only information available was a limited number of digital images of signed attestation papers. Over time, all attestation papers became available.

Attestation papers gave researchers a snapshot of the person’s life at the time they enlisted—their trade, height, eye and hair colour, residence, where and when they enlisted—as well as a few basic genealogy facts—name of next-of-kin, and date and place of birth.

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



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