Genealogy - Canadian War Records
War records can be a wonderful wealth of genealogy information. Canada has some of the best collections of War related records to offer and many of these are now accessible online at no cost.
Service Files of the Second World War - War Dead, 1939-1947
This is a fairly new database released by Library and Archives Canada that contains the service files of those killed in World War Two. Some of the contents will have you in tears. Telegrams to loved ones, details of death and lists of personal effects are just some of the records you may come across in these files.
World War Two Survivors
Unless your ancestor was killed during this war can difficult to obtain records. Many who served in this war are still with us and there are privacy laws because of this. If this ancestor is now deceased you may be able to get a Genealogy package from Archives Canada by writing to, ATIP and Personnel Records Division
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4
If the ancestor has been deceased for less than 20 years then you may be required to provide proof of death and proof of relationship.
The Books of Remembrance
If you know for sure your Canadian ancestor died in a war, you may want to look atThe Books of Remembrance
This is a beautifully scanned collections of the books in Ottawa containing the names of those killed in 6 wars.
World War 1
The Enlistment records below should be your first stop when looking for an ancestor who served in WW1. Parents names, address, medical history and physical descriptions are usually included. If you don't have a photo or knew what your ancestor looked like a physical outline is the next best thing.
- Search: Service Files of the First World War, 1914-1918 – CEF - Library and Archives Canada
Over 600,000 men and women enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War (1914-1918) as soldiers, nurses and chaplains. The CEF database is an index to those service files, which are held by Library and Archives Canada
- World War I Aces of Canada
World War I Aces of Canada - The Aerodrome - Aces and Aircraft of World War I
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Memorials and Graves from WW1 and 2
- Canadian War Advertisements
- The Canadian Military Heritage Project - WW2. Find your military ancestors and learn their history.
- World War II - Canada at War
Canada at War website is dedicated to the memory of the tremendous Canadian contribution in both World Wars, and a place of remembrance for all our fallen since 1914. It is the largest and most popular resource website on Canadian military history.
- Canadian War Children Of World War Two
Canadian Roots UK is a self help website set up to help people in the UK trace their fathers/family in Canada. It also provides information to Canadians who may be looking for information about babies fathered in the UK during World War 2.
War of 1812
The best source for records from this war is Collections Canada which is part of the national Archives http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca They have recently added 73,000 images from the war of 1812 including maps, muster rolls, and claims. Collections Canada also has a large database on the other wars so make you explore that site fully.
War of 1812: Board of Claims for Losses, 1813-1848. Even if your ancestor didn’t fight in this war they may have filled out a claim for property damage. This is an amazing site to look through regardless. The claims are mostly handwritten letters that have been scanned and are fascinating to read.
- Historical Overview War of 1812
By Lorine McGinnis Schulze , Owner of the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog
- War of 1812: Board of Claims for Losses, 1813-1848
Beautiful collection of handwritten claims