For those that couldn't make it out to the meeting here are some of the resources I make use of when delving deeper into the lives of Canadian First World War personnel.
Library and Archives Canada (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/).This is the first place I visit when I learn that someone has served with the Canadian military during the 1st World War. There are many useful pages on the LAC site. LAC is currently working on digitizing all the serviced files of those that served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. If the file isn't digitized yet, periodically (monthly) check the site for updates. Some highlights from their online collections are:
- Introduction to First World War research at the LAC
- Soldiers of the First World War: 1914-1918 database
- War Diaries of the First World War (Battalion level)
- Service Files of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1910-1941 - Ledger Sheets
- Veterans Death Cards: First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (http://www.cwgc.org/)Here you will find details on some of the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. You may come across grave registration documents, registers along with photographs of the grave markers and cemeteries.
Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca/)Among the many collections on Ancestry there are some that directly pertain to those that may have served in the Great War:
- Canada, CEF Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1919
- Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty), 1914-1948
- Canada, Military Honours and Awards Citation Cards, 1900-1961
- Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918
- Canada, Selected Service Records of Soldiers, 1914-1918
- Canada, Ledgers of CEF Officers Transferring to Royal Flying Corps, 1915-1919