Thursday, 1 July 2010

Canada, Militia and Defence Forces Lists, 1832, 1863-1939

Ancestry.ca has released a searchable compilation of the publications:

  • Canada. Department of Militia and Defence. The Militia List. Ottawa: Queen’s Printer, 1863–1929. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Canada. Department of National Defence. Defence Forces List, Canada (naval, military, and air forces). Ottawa: King’s Printer, 1930–1939. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Liste de la milice du Bas-Canada pour 1832. Quebec: Fr√©chette, 1832. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
"The publications included in this data collection make up a fairly comprehensive list of Canadian military officers for almost 80 years. The books are primarily printed lists of Canadian officers—no enlisted men are included—and note details such as name, rank, unit, dates and places of service, and dates of promotion, transfer, and possibly retirement. Some may also include a date of birth and other personal details, and some have indexes in the back. The lists are an excellent resource for following a military ancestor’s career and are also useful for tracing the careers of British officers in Canada or a Canadian officer serving in England."

1 comment:

carol_savage said...

I just found my husband's great-grandfather, Rufus Alonzo Savage on the 79th Shefford Battalion of Infantry Highlanders, located at Waterloo, QC. He was listed as a 2nd Lt (prov) and the date was 11 Aug '82; he died 13 Aug '84 (we think). Not sure what all this means. Was there some kind of military action going on at that time in QC? We live in Oklahoma. Thanks, Carol Savage