Amazing Databases at Great War Workshop

(including For King and Country)

For King and Country will be featured this March in the “Finding Your Great War Ancestors” Workshop presented by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. This will be an excellent opportunity to update the community on our progress—3,600 names recently added to the database—and remind those who’ve forgotten what the project is about.

The program for the workshop is both extensive and intensive, with some of Canada and the world’s leading experts. It’s unlikely you’ll encounter a more focused opportunity to learn about Great War family history research during your genealogical lifetime!

You’ll find more information on program and registration here.

We are particularly pleased to be sharing a session with the Far From Home project, which, so far as we know, has received little publicity in Canada. The project is the mission of Diana Beaupré and Adrian Watkinson, two researchers in southeast England, who have arranged for well-known Canadian Great War expert, Glenn Wright, to present on their behalf at the workshop.

Their goal is to locate and photograph all of the First World War Canadian graves and memorials throughout the United Kingdom—and create profiles for each of the nearly 4,000 men and women in whose memory they stand. With 2,200 profiles completed, their work is spectacular as in this example for Private Harry Francis Culliford, who enlisted in Toronto on 6 January 1916 and died in London on 8 October 1917 from wounds received at Vimy Ridge. In addition to information on individuals, they also profile each cemetery to offer a “snapshot” of the last resting places.

If you have comments or questions about this post or the For King and Country project, we’d love to hear from you. Please visit our contact page.