Finishing the Year Strong

It has been a busy genealogy year for me, I have had the opportunity to travel to conferences, visit cousins and various archives and museums in Canada. I have also made many new friends, connecting with people that have the same interest (PASSION) means there are people to celebrate my genealogy victories with!

2017

I am grateful for all the discoveries I have made this year; finding my 4th great grandmother’s surname Gertrude Cudlipp, military papers at LAC about William Jordan being ill in 1891, a photograph of Samuel Jordan at the RCA room in Kingston, a cousin I had lost touch with, a whole branch of my Jordan family was found after years of searching, being back in touch with another branch of the Jordan family (who found me because of my blog), and the numerous family photographs that have been shared with me by relatives. What a great year.

A trip to Ireland brought me face-to-face with a 3rd cousin who I have exchanged letters with for 10 years. On the same trip we visited a farm in Donegal where people with the Diver surname were living. The man of the house was willing to take the DNA test I brought and we have since confirmed a DNA connection between our families. After receiving the positive result I sent off a Y DNA test to see if the match is through the male line. Looking forward to those results arriving in 2018.

I have been working on journaling, I keep a diary but this journal is specific to my genealogy life, and I love having something to write in it.

DNA

It’s hard not to be swept up in DNA phenom, which has added a lot to my family tree. Relationships have been confirmed, but there has also been some confusion with a cousin not matching. I have found DNA a fascinating tool and I am excited to see my new matches in 2018. I wonder what the DNA companies will be offering us in 2018? My wish is for more tools to further help us figure out and group our matches.

A Goal Met

One of my goals this year was to start and complete a family history book. When attending the OGS Conference in 2015 I had visited Lynn’ Palmero’s table in the marketplace and was inspired by what she had done, her book looked amazing. I took her course at The Armchair Genealogist on using My Canvas.  I was hoping this course would be the motivation for me to start and finish a compilation of the research I had done. I am happy to say the Jordan family history book has been submitted for printing and I am waiting for the first copy to arrive on my doorstep!

Now that I have done one book using this program I hope to use the same format to create one for each of my grandparent’s families. The next family I will be focusing on is my mother’s Stewart family, which I hope to start in January.

What’s Up in 2018 for ME

What else do I have planned for 2018? A trip to Quebec City with a visit to their archives to further research my Jordan, Jeffery, and Norton, families.

As far as conferences go I plan to look into attending the I4GG Conference as I want to become more proficient in DNA analysis.

Blogging is also a priority as I enjoy sharing my discoveries and thoughts in this format. I will also be writing posts about my husband’s family so watch for those.

Who knows what else I will do next year, but I hope it will involve travel and more genealogy discoveries!

I am wishing all my readers a Merry Christmas and many new genealogy discoveries in the New Year.

Bring on 2018

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Tracing Your Canadian Military Ancestors

If you have any military ancestors in Canada it is likely that you are aware of the indexing of the WWI Soldier’s service records by Library and Archives Canada. They are over 1/2 done and the last update took us to the surname Russell.

Here a few other resources that can be investigated to help you in researching your military ancestor.

1) Commonwealth War Graves Commission – this site contains records of Commonwealth soldiers who were killed and buried overseas, including Canadian soldiers.

2) Veterans Death Cards is an underutilized resource when researching your WWI soldiers. These cards are not in a searchable index but are arranged alphabetically. Select the surname and scroll through until you find who you are looking for. It is not a complete listing but worth your time to check this resource. What is written on the card varies but you may find the soldier’s Reg, number, date of death, location and name of a surviving relative.

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A screen-shot of the Veterans Index card page

3) Navy – again Library and Archives website is the go-to, you can request the 1910-1941 service files for the Royal Canadian Navy – thanks to Dianne Seale Nolan’s comment below I have adjusted this information. Diane also informs us that the Navy service files are not yet available online at LAC, only the index to the Ledger Sheets. With the info contained there, you can request a copy of the ledger sheet (13 cents but I wouldn’t bother, same info is in file) and a copy of the service file

4) Canadian Soldiers killed in WWII is available on Library and Archives website. If you have an Ancestry subscription ($$) you can view the full files.

5) Book of Remembrance – a page is turned once a year on the seven books memorializing Canadians killed in a war. From the site –

The seven Books of Remembrance commemorate the lives of more than 118,000 Canadians who, since Confederation, have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in uniform. The names inscribed in the Books of Remembrance can also be found in the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

Museum & Archives

Do not over look searching for a Museum/Archives in the location where your ancestor was living. Many of them have memorial projects to honour soldiers who fought.

Alberta – South Peace Regional Archives is located in Grande Prairie and their project is to commemorate all the soldiers from the South Peace with a biography.

British Columbia – the community of Chilliwack’s Museum & Archives has an on-line memorial to their WWI and WWII soldiers honoured on their website Chillwack Museum and Archives

Manitoba – Hamiota Archives created a Wall of Remembrance back in 2016 that has the names of 750 soldiers.

Newfoundland – The Royal Newfoundland Regiment has an Archives dedicated to that Regiment.

Nova Scotia – The Yarmouth Museum and Archives houses newspapers from various years that would likely have reported on soldiers activity.

Nunavut – This Canada’s newest Territory and was not created until 1999. Nunavut Archives is who you would contact to inquire as to what is in their holdings for your veteran.

PEI – A search for ‘soldier’ on the Prince Edward Island’s PAROS collections database results in 116 photographs and 22 textual items.

Quebec – Have you ever wondered if your family took part in the battle on the Plains of Abraham? The National Battlefields Commission has a searchable index of soldiers who took part in 1759-1760.

This is a database of the French and British army soldiers in Québec in 1759 and 1760. There are 11,358 entries, 4,079 for French and 7,279 for British fighters.

Ontario – The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa has created a database of Canadian militia personnel not born in Canada.

Saskatchewan – The Melfort Museum and Archives states they have in their holdings

a large archive of photographs, documents, history books, record books and oral histories available for genealogical research.

it may be worthwhile to see if their holdings include soldiers if your family lived in the area.

Yukon – A search at the Yukon Archives on-line revealed a picture from the 1940s of a soldier standing in the snow and they have may have more in their holdings.

This is a small sampling of what different museums and archives are doing to honour our veterans.

Other Sites Dedicated to Soldiers

Historic Canada has a page dedicated to Black Canadian Soldiers.

There is also a website for researching your Aboriginal Soldiers in the World Wars in Canada 

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Other sites with mentioning are the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and The Canadian Military Heritage Project.

This is a drop in bucket, there are numerous sites that contain information about Canadian soldiers. Dig in and enjoy researching and honouring the veterans in your family!

*Featured Image – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier found on Wikimedia Commons