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French-Indian Wars 1754-1763
American Revolution 1777-1783
War of 1812
Rebellion of 1837
Fenian Raids 1857
Red River Rebellion 1870-1877
Nile Expedition 1884-1885
NorthWest Rebellion 1884-1885
South African (Boer) War 1899-1902
WW 1 1914-1918

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How to Find a Military Ancestor

The Olive Tree Genealogy is pleased to offer genealogy records and advice in finding your American or Canadian Military ancestor, as well as historical information. Having dozens of military ancestors, this section is near and dear to my heart! I also have a son (my youngest) who was a soldier in the Canadian Army. He was in 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry -- the only Canadian Batallion in history to receive a Presidential Unit Citation (for its role in the battle of Kapyong in Korea). He is still at the Department of National Defense

Many of the records listed below are those held by Library & Archives Canada. Please scroll down to the War of interest.
Pre-First World War Military Records
Except for the South African War, detailed personnel records for the Canadian military were not kept prior to the First World War. Earlier records consist mainly of muster rolls and paylists, which contain little or no personal information. As most are not indexed, the regiment must be known before you can attempt a search. If you know your ancestor's place of residence, you might find references to his service in the militia rolls for that county. Most of these lists are found within Library & Archives Canada Department of Militia and Defence series (RG 9), parts of which are available on microfilm.
American Revolution - Loyalists 1775-1783
Type of Record Location of Record Ordering Information Comments
British Military and Naval Records Collection National Archives of Canada RG 8, "C" Series References located in the index provide a brief description of the document, date, "C" series volume number and a page number. To consult the actual document, locate the volume number on the separate list of microfilm reel numbers. The nominal/subject card index and the series itself are available through the inter-institutional loan arrangement. Includes references to the British army in Canada and the Canadian Militia Available on ILL
Crown Lands Department Loyalist List Online MG 9 D4, vol. 9, microfilm reel C-1476 It was published in 1885 as Appendix B in The Centennial of the settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalist, 1784-1884
Land Petitions for Quebec and Lower Canada, 1764-1841 National Archives of Canada & Online RG 1 L 3L Finding Aid 1801, a nominal card index, serves as a means of access to the Land Petitions in RG 1, L 3 L for Quebec and Lower Canada, c. 1764-1841, and the Gaspé Land Commission records in RG 1, L 7, volumes 79-80. For records of the Province of Canada, 1841-1867, see the Upper Canada Land Index (Finding Aid 1802). Search Lower Canada Land Petitions
Land Petitions for Upper Canada (Ontario) and the United Province of Canada 1791-1867 National Archives of Canada RG 1 L 3 Finding Aid 1802, a nominal card index known as the Upper Canada Land Index serves both the Land Books (Minutes of the Land Committee) in RG 1, L 1 and the Land Petitions in RG 1, L 3, for the provinces of Upper Canada, 1791-1841, and Canada, 1841-1867. The index was microfilmed in 1981 on reels C-10810 to C-10836; supplementary entries were microfilmed in 1991, on reels H-1976 to H-1978.
Land Petitions Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Provincial Archives NS and NB   The provincial archives in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick hold collections of land petitions for those provinces.
Petitions for land National Archives of Canada microfilm reels C-2222 & C-1476. Many Loyalists and their descendants submitted petitions for land, especially those who settled in Upper Canada (Ontario)
Ward Chipman, Muster Master's Office (1777-1785) Online MG 23 D1. Volumes 24 to 27 (microfilm reel C-9818) contain some muster rolls of Loyalists and their families pertaining to regiments that were disbanded and settled in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Those volumes have been digitized and are available online. The use of this digitized database is facilitated by a name index. Search Ward Chipman, Muster Master's Office (1777-1785)
Claims for losses to the British government National Archives of Canada MG 14, Audit Office 12 and 13 The claims contain details about former place of residence, income, property, details of military service, etc.A nominal index is available on microfilm reel C-9821. Available on ILL
Provision lists and muster rolls National Archives of Canada MG 21 These Loyalist volumes, and the nominal index to them, are available on microfilm reel C-1475. papers of Sir Frederick Haldimand Available on ILL
Muster rolls of Loyalist regiments National Archives of Canada collection of British Military and Naval Records (RG 8, "C" Series) Available on ILL
Applications for Pensions for Widows and Children of Loyalist Officers, 1755-1908 Family History Library W.O. 42), arranged alphabetically on eight rolls of microfilm (FHL film nos. 857997—858000 and 866501—866504). Available at local FHC
Haldimand, Sir Frederick : The Haldimand Papers - his papers and correspondence from 1758-1784. Available as 115 reels of microfilm from Library & Archives Canada or as selected records on 50 reels of diffusion microfilm from the Ontario Archives [NA MG 21, G2]
United Empire Loyalist Lists [NA RG 1, L7 Vol 52a] on C-2222 from the Ontario Archives
District Loyalist Rolls [NA RG 1, L7 Vol 52b] - transcript on MS803 at the Ontario Archives
First Heir & Devisee Commission 1797 - 1804 [NA RG 1, L5] Available at the Ontario Archives. The H & D Commission adjudicated disputed land claims and titles. Submitted documentation from heirs of original locatees can include location tickets, copies of wills, mortgages, affidavits, and testimonial letters.
Township Papers [RG Series C-IV] - These are arranged by concession and lot and deal mostly with the original locatees. They sometimes contain other Crown Land records and can include location tickets, assignments, certificate of settlement duties and correspondence. Available at the Ontario Archives
Orders in Council [RG 1, Series C-1-2] If the original Land Petition is missing, it may be found in this series which is arranged alphabetically by grantee or place
War of 1812
Type of Record Location of Record Ordering Information Comments
British Military and Naval Records Collection Library & Archives Canada RG 8, "C" Series References located in the index provide a brief description of the document, date, "C" series volume number and a page number. To consult the actual document, locate the volume number on the separate list of microfilm reel numbers. The nominal/subject card index and the series itself are available through the inter-institutional loan arrangement. Includes references to the British army in Canada and the Canadian Militia
Claims for Civilian Losses 1813-1848 Ontario Archives Diffusion Microfilm NA RG 19, E 5a Heard by the Board for Claims for War of 1812 Losses. See Inventory D1 in the Archives of Ontario Main Reading Room
Records of Widows admitted as Militia Pensioners Library & Archives Canada & some are online This record can be found in the "C" series of the Library & Archives Canada . It is assumed this list was drawn up in 1818 or shortly thereafter (note the references to the date 1818 in some of the 'remarks' column, and the remarriages of the widows) These records give the name of the husband with his rank and date of death. Under "remarks" there are occasion statements regarding the subsequent remarriage of the soldier's widow.
Rebellion of 1837
Type of Record Location of Record Ordering Information Comments
Muster Rolls, Canadian Militia, 1837-1850 (MG 13 WO13): List of Microfilm Reel Numbers War Office 13 (MG 13 WO13): Muster rolls of the Canadian militia that fought under the British Army during the Rebellion of 1837-1838 are included in the War Office 12 series.
List of Officers and Men Killed and Wounded in 1837-1838
Fenian Raids 1866, 1870
Type of Record Location of Record Ordering Information Comments
Medal registers National Archives of Canada RG 9 II A 5 The medal registers are indexed. You can request a search by sending Library & Archives Canada a written inquiry.
Red River Rebellion 1870
Type of Record Location of Record Ordering Information Comments
Medal registers National Archives of Canada RG 9 II A 5 The medal registers are indexed. You can request a search by sending Library & Archives Canada a written inquiry.
North West Rebellion 1885
Type of Record Location of Record Ordering Information Comments
Medal registers National Archives of Canada RG 9 II A 5 The medal registers are indexed. You can request a search by sending Library & Archives Canada a written inquiry.
South African War 1899-1902
Type of Record Location of Record Ordering Information Comments
Medal registers National Archives of Canada RG 9 II A 5 The medal registers are indexed. You can request a search by sending Library & Archives Canada a written inquiry.
Service files for members of the Canadian forces National Archives of Canada RG 38 volumes 1-116 These records, which are arranged in alphabetical order, are available on microfilm through the inter-institutional loan arrangement.
Search for your military ancestor in Soldiers of the South African War (1899 - 1902)
Canada's Book of Remembrance Names of Canadian soldiers who died in six wars -this is a beautifully designed book
First World War Military Records

The First World Records can be found in RG 9, Records of Militia and Defence, Series III, and RG 150, Records of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada. In addition to the War Diaries Library & Archives Canada has the following records:

  • RG 9, III-A-2, Canadian Sections at General Headquarters
  • RG 9, III-A-3, CEF, Siberian Force
  • RG 9, III-C-1 to 15, War Diaries for all units (infantry, artillery,
  • RAF, Forestry, Medical, Service) RG 9, III-D , Records of the Canadian War Records Office
  • RG 150, II-1, Daily Part II Orders, 29.7 metres
  • RG 150, II-2, Attestation Papers, 72.9 m
  • RG 150, II-3, CEF Personnel Files, 3,205.2 m
  • RG 150, II-6, Sailing Lists, 7.4m
Library & Archives Canada holds a very large collection of First World War material. Only the War Diaries have been microfilmed and the rest must be viewed at the National Archives.
The Canadian Virtual War Memorial is an online searchable database of all soldiers killed in the First and Second World War. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission assisted in making these records available to Veteran's Affairs Canada.
You can also search the WW 1 CEF database online for your soldier ancestor, then send for his/her record of service. Do not send by email as that only gives you the Attestation Papers and not the full record. The full record is only available when ordering via FAX or snail. Addresses are provided by the LAC at their online site.
You may also find your ancestor's name in the Books of Remembrance, in the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa Ontario and available online.
Search for military ancestors in Court Martials of WW1
Second World War Military Records
The Canadian Virtual War Memorial is an online searchable database of all soldiers killed in the First and Second World War. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission assisted in making these records available to Veteran's Affairs Canada.

You may also find your ancestor's name in the Books of Remembrance, held in the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa Ontario, and available online. Choose Records & Collections

The Canadian Merchant Navy War Dead Database The Canadian Merchant Navy War Dead Database is an index that can be used to search for the names of Canadian Merchant seamen who were killed while serving in Canada's Merchant Marine. It can also be used to search for the names of Canadian Merchant Navy vessels. You can enter the name of the Canadian Merchant Navy war dead, the vessel they served on, or both.
Legion Magazine's Last Post database Since 1928, Legion Magazine has honoured those Canadians who have served their country by publishing, in print, short death notices for Royal Canadian Legion members with military backgrounds, Canadian war veterans and Legion members with police service.

 
 

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