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Are you interested in Genealogy or military history? Find your military ancestors in free searchable databases for World War One. Add branches to your family tree as you search your ancestry and build your genealogy. Discover your family origins in military history, military ancestors and genealogy, and family history records.




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Ssearching for a WW1 ancestor? Follow these steps to find your Military Ancestor in Genealogy records.


The CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force) was the was the group of Canadian military units formed for service overseas in the First World War.

Library & Archives Canada (formerly National Archives of Canada) ~ Military Records

Library & Archives Canada (formerly National Archives of Canada) holds the military records for all Canadian servicemen in World War 1. There is a searchable index of all individuals who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force online. You may request records via their email form but using this index and emailing a request to the Archives will only result in your ancestor's attestation papers. For a full record of his/her service, you must send a request by regular mail.

The address of the Library & Archives Canada (formerly National Archives of Canada) is:

Genealogy Unit
Researcher Services Division
Library & Archives Canada (formerly National Archives of Canada)
395 Wellington St.
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0N3
Fax 613/995-6274
Phone 613/996-7458

You may also view the list of military files available at the National Archives.

CEF Database Canadian Expeditionary Force database at the Library & Archives Canada (formerly National Archives of Canada).

If your Canadian ancestor was in the Royal Air Force, these records are held by the

Ministry Of Defence
Raf Personnel Management Centre
Gloucester, England
Gl3 1EZ

Military Service Before WW1

Local militia in Upper Canada consisted of all able-bodied men from 16 to 60 years of age. Muster roll books and pay lists for the years 1837-1850 are available. The British Units pay lists and muster rolls for the years 1759 to 1839 are also available.

Be sure to visit Loyalist Resources for more references on Loyalist Resource information in Ontario on The Olive Tree Genealogy Page

  • Haldimand, Sir Frederick : The Haldimand Papers - his papers and correspondence from 1758-1784. Available as 115 reels of microfilm from the NAC or as selected records on 50 reels of microfilm from the Ontario Archives
  • United Empire Loyalist Lists [NA RG 1, L7 vol 52a] on C-2222 from the Ontario Archives
  • District Loyalist Rolls - transcript on MS803 at the Ontario Archives
  • Claims for Civilian Losses 1813-1848 [NA RG 19 E5a] - Claims for the War of 1812 Losses. Index is on C-15720 at the Archives of Ontario. Files are T-1122 to T-1144


70% of WW1 Records were destroyed during the blitz. Kew PRO is where they are being sorted out into some order, but the best bet is to try to obtain the Medal Roll which will give you very limited information.

Researchers may write to the

Bourne Avenue
Hayes, Middlesex

.If an ancestor was KIA write to the

2 Marlow Rd
Maidenhead, Berks

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