What we don’t hear about the battle of Vimy Ridge.

Recovering the wounded at 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 …


WWI War Stories: Turmaine and Emery.

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 the first world war. 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.   In honor of our upcoming Remembrance …


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

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 …


Transcription: Form of Will for Joseph Philias Albert Emery

Albert Joseph Philias Emery died March 1, 1916 at Vimy Ridge.

The following is my transcription of the Canadian C.E.F. service will of Joseph Philias Albert Emery of the 73rd Battalion R.H.C.   19.10.17             16091            P. 85 FORM OF WILL. Joseph Phillias Albert Emery (Name in full) Regimental    Number 144880         …


Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine (1934-2005)

Family portrait from the mid to late 60's with us girls in coordinating outfits hand made by Mom.

These are treasured pictures of my Dad, Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine, who passed away about ten years ago at the age of 71. He was the son of Henri Turmaine and Rose Amande Emery, born January 30, 1934 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He married Patricia-Gail Marrion Melanson on March 8, 1958 in Germany and …


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 …