Lecture Tonight: Fort Point Frasers

I learned about this late last night from a fellow genealogists. The event takes place today… Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Public Lecture Topic: The “Fort Point Frasers” and the Great War Facilitator: Bruce MacDonald Date: Wednesday May 17, 2017 Time: 7:30 pm Place: Nova Scotia Archives, 6016 University Avenue, Halifax, NS This presentation provides an overview…

Maritime Nursing Sisters of the Great War

The following column appeared in print in March 11, 2017. Additional data has been added that would not fit into the published format. Maritime Nursing Sisters of the Great War Diane Lynn Tibert Canadian nursing sisters first saw action in 1885 when the government sent them to Saskatchewan to support soldiers fighting in the North-West…

Canadiana Launches online Database of Aboriginal Soldiers

April has been a good month for genealogists researching their Canadian ancestors with several new or expanded online databases, and here is another one. The following is the release Canadiana.org issued yesterday. OTTAWA, ON, April 26, 2016 — The World Wars Aboriginal Veterans Portal (WWAVP), the largest and most comprehensive source of data about aboriginal…

Guysborough County CEF Enlistments – March 31, 1916

“For the past two years, I have been “tweeting” Guysborough County enlistments, in addition to events related to Nova Scotia’s First World War battalions, one hundred years to the day after their occurrence. The tweets are available on my Twitter feed @brucefmacdonald and also appear in a window to the right of this blog column.…

First World War Veterans of Guysborough County: “Valcartier Boys”

The next installment of the Bruce MacDonald’s First World War Veterans of Guysborough County has been posted. “After more than four years researching and writing detailed accounts of First World War Guysborough County soldiers’ experiences, I have decided that it is time to take this blog in a new direction. Several reasons have prompted this…

Private John Angus McNeil

John Angus McNeil was the second of six children—four sons and two daughters— born to Donald “Brown” and Sarah (Grant) McNeil of Malignant Cove, Antigonish County, NS. Donald passed away around 1886 and the couple’s two youngest children—daughters Catherine and Isabelle—died before 1891, leaving Sarah to care for four young boys. While Sarah’s eldest son,…