soldiers

We can honor our ancestral war heroes on the internet.

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            I take great pride in our family’s military history in both Canada and the United States and have been researching our ancestral war heroes for decades now. There is a special emotional connection with these people that is not there for others and it’s based in my own appreciation for them and their sacrifices …

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In remembrance.

In Remembrance.

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       3   3Shares  Being from a dedicated military family, this is a somber time of year for us, in remembrance of those in our families who have served, or worse yet, who we lost during military service.   The relationships to our children, Erin and Stuart, are in italics following the excerpt. Remembering those we lost in …

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Dad in his national pipe band uniform.

Dad is the link to our French Canadian and military heritage.

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  1    4   5SharesAlthough both sides of my family are ‘French Canadian,’ my mother’s ancestors are Acadians who settled in the maritime provinces and the eastern seaboard of the United States. Dad, however, is the link to our Québecois French Canadian and military heritage. In earlier posts about our family’s WWI war casualties, I discussed our family’s attachment …

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Alanson and Mitty Adams.

Transcription: War of 1812 US Army Register of Enlistments; Adams

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             The following text is my transcription of the War of 1812 US Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914, listing some with the surname of Adams.   51:  Adams, Abijah, Private Organization:  30 US Infy; Captain Spencer; Col. Elias Fasset Description:  5’10” or 5’9”; blue eyes; brown hair; dark complexion Age: 28 or 20 Occupation:  Farmer …

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Turmaine, Joseph - War Diary - September 15, 1916 - 1

War Diary of September 15-16, 1916 at Courcelette for Pte. Joseph Turmaine

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            War Diary of September 15-16, 1916 at Courcelette for Pte. Joseph Turmaine.   Report on the Operation by 27th (City of Winnipeg) Battalion, on the morning of September 15th 1916. ____________ 28 Reference Sheets COURCELETTE and LE MOUQUET 1/5,000. __________________________________________________ The Battalion left the BRICKFIELDS at 2.00p.m. on 14th Sept. and proceeded to Brigade …

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Alanson and Gardner Adams, Brothers in Arms in the War of 1812

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              I mentioned in a previous post about William B. Coon, who served as a soldier for the United States in the War of 1812 and was the father of Civil War casualty David Coon, that I would be writing about Alanson Adams (fifth great grandfather to my kids) who was father to David …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – June 26, 2014

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           Following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions. The list is extensive and will break into multiple pages as June 18th seems to have been a very busy, productive day at FamilySearch.org. The countries with the most additions are Italy, Netherlands, Brazil, United States and Poland.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions Argentina Argentina, Córdoba, …

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Genealogy News Bites to 12 Jun 2014

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           Following are the current genealogy news bites and headlines up to June 12, 2014. Ancestry.com Blog Comments on Y-DNA and mtDNA Tests As many of you know, we announced last week that we’re retiring our Y-DNA and mtDNA tests. Unfortunately, we didn’t explain clearly our rationale for our decision, which has led to confusion. We’d …

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UK National Archives treasures: WWI war diaries now online.

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           One site I always make sure to return to is the UK National Archives site. This time, I’m returning to check out the third batch of 724 WWI war diaries from France and Flanders available at their First World War 100 portal. It’s on this site I’ve found some of the oldest and most intriguing finds …

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I wait with bated breath for the completion of two amazing new digitization projects by Library and Archives Canada.

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            WWI Expeditionary Force personnel and service records. Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has announced they will be digitizing 640,000 service and personnel records of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF).After being housed at LAC, these files are the most heavily consulted collection and the amount of research being conducted through the use of the paper documents and …

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Ancestry.ca offers free access to military records for Canadians

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           Free access to military records for Canadians on Ancestry.ca is a definite opportunity not to be missed. For the period of November 7 to 12, 2013, the numerous (over 4.4 million) military records available include: Military Honours and Award Citation Cards, 1900-1961. Nominal Rolls and Paylists for the Volunteer Militia, 1857-1922. Canada, War Graves Registers: …

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