A Call to the Colours: Tracing Your Canadian Military Ancestors

A Call to the Colours: Tracing Your Canadian Military Ancestors

by Kenneth Cox


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A Call to the Colours: Tracing Your Canadian Military Ancestors by Kenneth Cox

Beginning in Canadas earliest days, our ancestors were required to perform some form of military service, often as militia. The discovery that an ancestor served during one of the major conflicts in our history is exciting. When you find a family name on a Loyalist muster roll, a Canada General Service Medal with an ancestors name engraved on it, a set of First World War attestation papers, or a box of Second World War medals, you realize that one of your ancestors faced challenging events beyond the scope of ordinary living. There are ways to trace their journeys and thus flesh out a more complete story of the history of your family.

A Call to the Colours provides the archival, library, and computer resources that can be employed to explore your familys military history, using items such as old photographs, documents, uniforms, medals, and other militaria to guide the search. The book is generously illustrated with examples of the sorts of artifacts and documents you can find.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554888641
Publication date: 05/07/2011
Series: Genealogist's Reference Shelf Series , #7
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ken Cox is a retired elementary school principal who has been collecting military memorabilia since he was a teenager. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Preface: How to Make the Best Use of This Guide 15

Chapter 1 The War of 1812: Were My Ancestors Involved? 23

Chapter 2 The Rebellions of 1837-38: 1 Think My Ancestors Were Rebels! 57

Chapter 3 1866 to 1898: My Ancestors May Have Defended Canada or Served in the Sudan 79

Chapter 4 The Boer War: I Think My Ancestors Served in South Africa 105

Chapter 5 The Great War: I Believe My Ancestors Fought with the CEF 130

Chapter 6 The Second World War: I Need Help Finding My Family's Records 175

Chapter 7 Women in the Military: Great-Grandma Has a Set of Medals! I Didn't Know She Served 210

Chapter 8 Discovering Your Canadian Air Force Ancestors 227

Chapter 9 War on the Water: My Ancestors May Have Served with the Navy 280

Appendix A Websites and Other Useful Resources 313

Notes 323

Acknowledgements 331

Index 333

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