Saturday, 17 November 2012

BIFHSGO Call for Papers - Conference 2013

The call for speakers to present at Conference 2013 has been launched. Conference 2013 will be on Irish Genealogy. More info on the call for papers can be found at:

Brantford's Honour Rolls

One of our dedicated volunteer, Linda Rush-Sleeth, is on a mission. She is tracking down all of the Brantford Honour Rolls, taking photos of them, transcribing them and making the information available for all of the users of our genealogy library. It is a mission of love and Linda is nothing if not a woman on a mission!

Each Binder starts with this title page:

Then Linda shares the story behind the Honour Roll:

"Did you know that....The honour scrolls were first produced as a recruitment tool. DND (Department of National Defence) had the scroll designed by Group of Seven artist A.J. Casson. It was distributed to businesses so they could record the names of employees who volunteered for active service. Before long, it was given to churches and other community associations, who used them to record the names of those who gave their lives.

Only the WWII AJ Casson versions of the Honour Rolls (Coats of Arms of Canada at top with large sword pointing down in middle with initials AJC at bottom beside teh RCN shield) were officially printed by the Canadian Government. All others were privately done. Many by companies like Eaton's Department Stores who gave them out as patriotic gestures. "

And finally each honour roll is placed in the binder, complete with photograph, the location of the actual honour roll and then pages of transcription of all of the names on each honour roll.


In Honouring The Fallen - WW1

The first a family would know of the death of a loved one was the arrival of a telegram from the War Office. The WW1 Death Plaque would follow this and any medals the deceased would have earned by serving his country.

The WWI Death Plaque (Dead Man's Penny) was issued to the next of kin of servicemen/women who had fallen in the Great War between 1914 and 1918.

The selected design was a 12-centimetre disk cast in bronze gunmetal, which incorporated the following;

  • An image of Britannia holding an oak spray with leaves and acorns,
  • An imperial lion,
  • Two dolphins representing Britain's sea power,
  • The emblem of Imperial Germany's eagle being torn to pieces by another lion,
  • A rectangular tablet where the deceased individual's name was cast into the plaque. No rank was given as it was intended to show equality in their sacrifice,
  • The words, 'He died for freedom and honour'.

The memorial plaque would be accompanied with by a Memorial Scroll, a letter from Buckingham Palace and a often letter from the deceased's commanding officer. They would not usually arrive as a single package, but as a series of separate mailings



Wesley Methodist Church

Brantford, Ontario




Pte Lloyd Lemon

Pte Thomas Hawley

Pte Kenneth Mounfield

Pte Edwin Godden

Pte Wm Thompson

Pte John Mangerison

Pte Edward hazzard

Pte Gordon Hazzard

Pte Frank Maunder

Pte Thomas Cullen

Pte Timothy Thompson

Pte James Thompson

Pte Thomas Hazzard

Gunner Lloyd Tomlinson

Gunner Henry Hawley

Gunner Oscar Fennell

Gunner Herbert McDermid

                                     Gunner Russel Moyer

Pte Wm Belts

If you know of the location of any Brantford/Brant County Honour Rolls, please contact the Brant OGS at  to let us know and we will send Linda out to get it catalogued.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Turkey Dinner

Join us for our annual Turkey Dinner on Saturday December 8, 2012.

There will be social time at 5:30 followed by Turkey and  all the trimmings at 6pm.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Brant OGS or can be reserved by calling 753-4140 

Please have your tickets reserved or purchased no later than December 5.
We look forward to having you join us for this event.

Nova Scotia Land Records Added to Ancestry has added Nova Scotia Land Records to their database. This is a pay-per-view site.
These records are the indexes. The actual images are available at:

Monday, 5 November 2012

Canadian Legion Has Searchable Database for Last Post Soldiers

Elizabeth Lapointe of GenealogyCanada ( reports that Legion Magazine has added an online, searchable archive of their Last Posts for members who have since passed away. This database contains records back to 1985.

The Legion Magazine website states:
"With the advent of the Internet, we have created as a historical archive for your free use a Last Post database that goes back to January 1985. It currently contains over 195,905 names, but this number will rise as further entries are published in print and added to the collection twice a year. We will gradually go back further in time as our resources permit"

The search is done alphabetically, or you can enter the surname, first name and other information fields to find your veteran.

I did a search for my father-in-law who passed away in 1994 and found this information:

Leading Bombardier Henry A. WOODCOCK

Date Deceased: March 12, 1994
Age: 73

Service Information

Service Number:
Units: 54th Bty.
Period of Service: WW 2

Legion Branch Information

Member Title:
Legion Branch: Dunsdon Branch
Location: Brantford, Ontario

Saturday, 3 November 2012

New Military Records From Ancestry

Leading up to Remembrance Day, Ancestry has added new records to the Canadian Military database. These include:

nominal rolls and pay lists for volunteer militia

military honours and awards citation cards

graves registers (both world wars) that discuss the circumstances of casualty.

Ancestry is a by-subscription database. You can access it for free at your local library or Family History Centre.