Thursday, September 17, 2015

Canadian Genealogy News (CGN)17 September 2015

Here are some news items which have come across my desk this morning - 

Location of registration desk at the LAC

Anyone who has frequented the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) over the years, know that the location of the registration desk has moved many times. Well, it has moved once again. The registration desk has now moved from the first floor to the second floor.

As usual, all visitors must report to the security desk upon arrival and present a piece of valid government-issued photo identification. Then you will go to the second floor of the building to get your registration card.

There hasn't been any change in the hours of operation of the library and archives. You can see the hours of operation on the website at

The WWII Service Files of War Dead, 1939-1947

Some of the WWII Service Files of War Dead, 1939-1947 for Canada has been put on the Ancestry at

While the names and background information are available at the Library and Archives Canada at, Ancestry has the actual file online for you to read.

The files can include attestation papers, death certificates, and photos of the soldiers. Information found on the documents varies, but can include a wide variety of details, such as:
soldier's name 

date and place of birth 



marital status

names and birthdates of children

military service

physical description


occupational history

parents’ names

next of kin and address

Since Ancestry has only put 29,000 records online so far, the remaining case files will be added to this collection at a later date. Please be reminded that there were some 44,090 Canadians who lost their lives in the Second World War. So there will be more service files posted on Ancestry in the future.   

Personally, I would use both places in order to get the full picture of Canada's involvement in the Second World War. 

Happy Researching!

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