Thursday, 16 April 2015

Soldiers of the First World War Digitization Update for April

As of 15 April, 143,613 of 640,000 files are available online on the Soldiers of the First World War: 1914–1918 database.
A month ago, on March 13, 129,271 files were available so 14,342 files were digitized during the month. At that rate the digitization would be complete in another three years and it will have taken about as long to complete the digitization as it did to fight the war.
LAC informs us that they are "digitizing the service files systematically, from box 1 to box 10686, which roughly corresponds to alphabetical order. Please note that over the years, the content of some boxes has had to be moved and, you might find that the file you want, with a surname that is supposed to have been digitized, is now located in another box that has not yet been digitized. The latest digitized box is #2057, which corresponds to the surname “Cussons”."

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