Wednesday, 2 July 2014

WWI Service Records

Library and Archive Canada is undertaking a huge project throughout this year, the centennial of Canada's service in WWI, and is digitizing all the service records for the soldiers, nurses and chaplains that served in World War I. Great news for those of you who haven't yet requested service files for your ancestor, or if you have many who served.

LAC will be working on a batch at a time each quarter of the year, starting with A-D, and because of this, that batch will not be available for viewing or requesting copies for about 4 months. Once that batch is digitized the records will be preserved in the facilities in Gatineau and access will be limited.

This is a quote from LAC:

" At the end of the project, expected in 2015, Canadians will have unprecedented access to this rich resource and will be able to research high-quality digital copies of the more than 650,000 service files for free anytime and anywhere."
The first batch will be available this summer, so watch the LAC blog for updates.

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