Getting the most from Library and Archives Canada databases.

Library and Archives in Ottawa, Canada

The wealth of information on the Library and Archives Canada website has become more easily searchable over the years as more and more indexing has occurred.   As one who is very familiar with and has used this site for years, I have found it to be so extensive that I make sure to bookmark …

Researching paternal or maternal lines: Is one better than the other?

Emery maternal ancestors.

When researching paternal or maternal lines, the tendency seems to be to place more value – and therefore time and effort – into the paternal lines. Is it true that following paternal lines is better than following maternal lines?   In my mind, no. The other side of this question is: “Should genealogy research concentrate …

Transcription: Attestation papers of Pte. J. P. Albert Emery, C.E.F.

Joseph Philias Albert Emery

 Following is my transcription of the form or the Attestation Papers of Pte. J. P. Albert Emery, Canadian Expeditionary Forces, WWI.   ATTESTATION PAPERS OF J.P. ALBERT EMERY FRONT Stamp in upper left corner:  Triplicate Stamp in upper right corner:  Triplicate G.G.E.G. militia unit (handwritten under heading) No. 144880 Folio. 26 CANADIAN OVER-SEAS EXPEDITIONARY FORCE …

Grandmère Rose – Marie Marguerite Rose Amande Emery

The Turmaine Family

Being the child of a military member has one huge drawback – we didn’t have any control over where we lived, when or for how long. As a result, contact with family members was infrequent at best and I do regret not getting to know our relatives better. My grandparents on my father’s side were …

Transcription: War Diary of the 73rd Canadian Infantry Battalion for the Vimy Ridge Disaster of March 1-3, 1917.

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The following is my full transcription of photocopies of the handwritten pages of the war diary of the 73rd Canadian Infantry Battalion for the Vimy Ridge Disaster of March 1-3, 1917, during which my great uncle Joseph Philias Albert Emery went missing in action. 1917       Vol. VIII, Page I March 1st Battalion in the …

What We Don’t Hear About Vimy Ridge

The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought largely by Canadian troops consisting of all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) from April 9 to 12, 1917, with the objective of gaining control of the German held high ground, ensuring that the southern flank of the forces could advance without the threat of German …

WWI War Stories

March 1917 Gas Attacks at Vimy Ridge

In my father’s French Canadian, ‘Turmaine’ branch of the family, we have two known soldiers who died in WWI. The first was my grand uncle, Pte. Joseph Philias Albert Emery, and the second was another grand uncle, Pte. Joseph Turmaine – and here are their WWI war stories.   PTE. JOSEPH PHILIAS ALBERT EMERY, the son of Albert Emery …

We must fight for our veterans as they fought for us.

We must fight for our veterans. Remembrance Day is fast approaching and this is one very important day I always recognize with a post on this blog. My family’s history is well-entrenched in military service. My father was in the military for 30 years. My father-in-law was in the military for over 30 years. My …