Great War Links

Library and Archives Canada: First World War Collections

http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war

Library and Archives Canada holds the personnel records for the 600,000 Canadians who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War (1914-1918). Of particular interest are the Attestation Papers of all those who signed up to serve. These include considerable personal information such as physical characteristics, religion, and next of kin. A recommended “first stop” for those researching individuals who participated in the Great War.

Veterans Affairs Canada

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/first-world-war

Providing a good overview of Canada’s participation, this web resource has detailed information on specific battles and campaigns. Of particular note is the Canadian Virtual War Memorial which brings together basic information about each of the war dead and presents an image of the actual page of the First World War Book of Remembrance located in the Peace Tower in Ottawa.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

http://www.cwgc.org/

Responsible for the preservation and maintenance of all overseas war cemeteries the War Graves Commission presents a searchable database of casualties and where each is buried or remembered. The site includes a description of each cemetery.

Canadian War Museum

http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/exhibitions/guerre/home-e.aspx

Similar to the Veterans Affairs Canada site online exhibitions are presented to provide an overview of Canada’s participation. Artifact exhibitions are of note as is the presentation of Canadian war artists.

Ancestry.ca

http://www.parl.ns.ca/resources/ancestry.php

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library has purchased complete access to Ancestry.ca for all residents. To use this resource you must visit one of our branch libraries.