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For those seeking military ancestors in Canada, Ancestry.com has some really great (and obscure!) records that I bet not many genealogists are aware of. I recently found some great information on a few of my ancestors in thees databases. The one that thrilled me the most was a record for my 3rd great grandfather John Greenlees. I found him recorded as
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Name: John Greenless Age: 23
Birth Date: abt 1782 Birth Place: Fermanagh [Ireland]
Military Date: 7 May 1805 Unit: 54th Foot Soldiers
The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Class Number: WO 25; Class Title: 54 Foot; Piece Number: 420; Piece Title: 54 Foot.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
This record gave his height, hair and eye colour and more! Here is the complete list of Canadian (and British) military records on Ancestry.com for those who may want to give them a quick look.
|Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918||Military||598,682|
|Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900||Military||467,838|
|UK, Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Registers of Soldiers Who Served in Canada, 1743-1882||Military||375,748|
|Canada, Military Honours and Awards Citation Cards, 1900-1961||Military||68,047|
|Canada, Nominal Rolls and Paylists for the Volunteer Militia, 1857-1922||Military||1,609,017|
|Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty), 1914-1948||Military||71,052|
|Canada, CEF Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1919||Military||56,567|
|Canada, British Army and Canadian Militia Muster Rolls and Pay Lists, 1795-1850||Military||752,886|
|Canada, Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835||Military||24,789|
|Canada, Militia and Defence Forces Lists, 1832, 1863-1939||Military||79,630|
|Canada, Ledgers of CEF Officers Transferring to Royal Flying Corps, 1915-1919||Military||1,210|
|The Loyalists in Ontario||Stories, Memories & Histories||418|
|Canada, South African War Land Grants, 1908-1910||Military||7,143|
|Canada, British Navy Ship Muster Rolls and Pay Lists, 1757-1836||Military||176,551|
|United Empire Loyalists, Parts I-II||Stories, Memories & Histories||22,456|
|Canada, British Army Regimental Rolls of Non-commissioned Officers and Soldiers, 1806-1892||Military||30,396|
|Canada, Registers of Prisoners of War, 1803-1815||Military||56,505|
|Old United Empire Loyalists List||Immigration & Travel||6,353|
|Canada, Selected Service Records of Soldiers, 1914-1918||Military||102|
|Canada, Selected Service Records of War Dead, 1939-1945||Military||100|
|Canada, Pension Applications For Widows and Family of British Military Officers, 1776-1881||Military||843|
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