York Research Resources is a compilation of online references,
books, articles, and useful addresses to assist with research in York Region. Books can be
located using your favourite online library catalogue search, borrowed through
interlibrary loan, or purchased directly from the publishers.
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County Men & Women Who Gave Their Lives in World War II (including
the City of Toronto),
compiled by Norman Jolly (York Region Branch, OGS;
2006). Includes biographical information about thousands of servicemen
and women gleaned from the casualty lists of the Toronto Daily Star, and
other newspapers, supplemented by additional
information from plaques and memorials.
- York County Men & Women Who Gave Their Lives in World War I, Vol. 2:
Toronto City compiled by Norman
Jolly (York Region Branch, OGS; 2002). Almost 10,000 persons with biographical information
gleaned from the casualty lists of the Toronto Daily Star, supplemented by Additional
information from plaques and memorials, cemeteries and armouries.
County Men & Women Who Gave Their Lives in World War I, Vol. 1: York County, Ontario,
excluding the City of Toronto
compiled by Norman Jolly and the York Region Genealogy Group. More than 1,300 names
gleaned from newspapers, cemetery records, municipal records, and war memorials, with
brief biographical information.
Diaries of the First World War
This database at Libraries & Archives Canada contains the digitised
War Diaries of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) units. From the
start of the First World War, CEF units were required to maintain a
daily account of their “Actions in the Field.”
of the First World War
Over 600,000 Canadians enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF)
during the First World War (1914-1918). The CEF database is an index to
those personnel files, which are held by the National Archives. To date,
over 800,000 images of Attestation papers have been scanned and are
being made available on-line.
War Records Service Cards
The Region of Peel Archives has created an index to Second World War
service cards that were prepared for local men and women who enlisted in
Peel County. They and contain a variety of biographical and genealogical
details as well as employment history, religious affiliation, military
service and honours.
to Upper Canada Records
Upper Canada Genealogy includes an online index to the Upper
Canada Sundries. Also known as the correspondence of the civil
secretary, they include petitions for land, requests for government
jobs, military communications, requests for compensation due to war
losses, lists of people wanting to settle in Upper Canada, testimonies
regarding traitors in the war of 1812 and the rebellion of 1837/8,
complaints about unfulfilled promises of assistance, petitions for
clemency for neighbours convicted of treason and murder, and many other
- The Old United Empire Loyalist
by Milton Rubincam, FASC, FNGS, FGSP. Originally published as Centennial of the
Settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists 1784-1884 (Toronto:
Rose Publishing Co., 1885). The official register of persons entitled to the appellation
of United Empire Loyalists.
- Index to Ontario
Loyalists, The Olive Tree Genealogy
Compiled by Lorine McGinnis Schulze, this index is a
comprehensive listing of information and online Loyalist resources including many
regimental and militia rolls.
- Loyalist Sources at the National Archives of Canada
The National Archives holds a variety of sources relating to the United Empire Loyalists
who settled in Canada after the American Revolution (1775-1783).
- Roll of Captain
Cameron's Company of the Regiment of York Militia, War of 1812
Originally published by the Ontario Historical Society, this
is a full transcription of the Cameron Rolls, 1812.
- Soldiers of the
King: Upper Canadian Militia 1812-1815
by William Gray (Erin, Ont.: Boston Mills Press, 1995). A reference guide to the
militia and its role during the War of 1812. Includes nominal rolls of officers, men and
- U.S. War of 1812 Pensioners in
by Thomas B. Wilson, The Ontario Register, Vol. II, p129 (Lambertville, NJ:
Hunterdon House, 1969).
- Orphan Pensioners of the War of
by J.R. Meachem, The Ontario Register, Vol IV, p79 (Lambertville, NJ: Hunterdon
- Soldiers of the First World War Canadian Expeditionary
Over 600,000 Canadians enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First
World War (1914-1918). The CEF database is an index to those personnel files.
- Books of Remembrance
Six books act as a record for all of the names of the Canadians who fought and
lost their lives in WWI, WW2, Korean War, South Africa/Nile, Newfoundland, and the
War Graves Commission
This Register provides personal and service details and places of commemoration for the
1.7 million members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First or Second World Wars.
- Gold Watches Presented in
1919 to Vaughan Twp. WWI War Veterans
York Region Ancestors, September 1999, Vol. 5, No. 4
- Canadian Virtual War Memorial
This site contains information about the graves and memorials of more than 116,000
Canadians and Newfoundlanders who served valiantly and gave their lives for their country.
- The Canadian Military Heritage Project
This site is dedicated to presenting Canadian military history ~ the wars,
uprisings and conflicts in which Canadians participated.
- Military Records at the National Archives of Canada