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BOOK - Documenting Your Canadian Ancestors who served in World War One (1914-1918) or World War Two (1939-1945) with the Canadian Navy
By Kenneth Cox
Published by Global Heritage Press, Carleton Place, 2022

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This research guide is designed to help family historians who want to discover more about an ancestor who had ‘gone to sea’ during one of the two World Wars fought in the last century. It references navy documents held at Library and Archives Canada; provides photographs and illustrations of uniforms, ranks and medals, and includes a case study highlighting the service records that a family historian can expect to access. Hopefully this guide encourages a researcher to go beyond listing the basic notation of an ancestor’s navy experience and acts as a segue into further investigation. Identifying the substantive and nonsubstantive ratings, trade and skill-at-arms badges and cap tally band that a navy ancestor might have worn and which might appear in that faded family photograph is only one step.

For a family historian to understand, through further reading, what the terms square rig, fo’c’sle, jimmy-the-one, dog-watch, mick, red-lead, tiddley, Newfyjohn or Westomp meant to our naval ancestors makes a researcher closer to understanding the fighting service in which that ancestor risked their life. To read about North Atlantic convoys, or life aboard a Canadian Corvette during a winter crossing or night action in the English Channel aboard a Motor Torpedo Boat, helps to complete an image of an ancestor who left their everyday life to fight for our country.

The pdf of this book is provided in high definition, including front and back covers, suitable for printing your own physical copy in 8 1/2" x 11" format.

Contents include:
  • Putting your ancestors in context
  • World War 1 Case File……example - Fitzgerald V.R
  • Service Records
  • World War 2 Case File……example - R. Mecoy
  • Service medals
  • Ranks and Ratings, (substantive & non-substantive)
  • Merchant Navy Records
  • Referenced texts
    22 pages
    8.5 X 11"
    Illustrations (B&W and color)
    Published by Global Heritage Press, Carleton Place, 2022
    ISBN13: 978-1-77240-202-5 (digital)
About the author: Kenneth G. Cox
    Kenneth G. Cox believes it is not enough to just discover ancestors and place their names on a genealogical chart; it is important to understand the place they occupied in our country's history. Click here for more books from Kenneth G. Cox

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