A Call to the Colours: Tracing Your Canadian Military Ancestors

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Dundurn, 2011 - Reference - 337 pages
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Beginning in Canada's 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 ancestor's 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 family's 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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Preface
15
The War of 1812 Were My Ancestors Involved?
23
The Rebellions of 183738 I Think My Ancestors Were Rebels
57
1866 to 1898 My Ancestors May Have Defended Canada or Served in the Sudan
79
The Boer War I Think My Ancestors Served in South Africa
105
The Great War I Believe My Ancestors Fought with the CEF
130
The Second World War I Need Help Finding My Familys Records
175
Discovering Your Canadian Air Force Ancestors
227
War on the Water My Ancestors May Have Served with the Navy
280
Websites and Other Useful Resources
313
Preface How to Use This Guide
323
Acknowledgements
331
Index
333
Of Related Interest
339
Copyright

Women in the Military GreatGrandma Has a Set of Medals I Didnt Know She Served
210

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About the author (2011)

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

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