Durham Region Branch: Proudly They Served: Researching Canadian Men and Women in the Second World War

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Date(s) - Tuesday, November 2, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:15 pm


Durham Region Branch invites you to join us on Tuesday Nov. 2nd at 7:30 p.m. as Glenn Wright presents “Proudly They Served: Researching Canadian Men and Women in the Second World War, 1939-1945”.

Our Annual General Meeting will begin the evening, quickly followed by the main presentation.

Researching the men and women who served in uniform during the Second World war can be a challenging, yet rewarding, experience for those interested in family history. It was an extraordinary six years in many ways, both overseas and at home, and by researching our own personal connections to the war, we can more fully appreciate the significance that the war had in the lives of our ancestors.

Following a brief overview of the war, the presentation will focus on the major sources of information and what we can learn from them, including a) service records and how to retrieve them; b) interpreting these records; c) researching unit war diaries (for the Canadian Army) and operations record books (for the RCAF); d) war dead; and e) essential websites and more.

Following graduation from the University of Toronto, Glenn worked as a researcher for Pierre Berton before joining the Public Archives of Canada in 1975. During his public service career that spanned more than 30 years, Glenn worked as an archivist, historical research officer and, for many years, assistant historian with the RCMP.

A frequent speaker at family history and genealogical events, especially the OGS, Glenn has a special interest in Canada’s military history. He has published widely in family history, genealogical and historical magazines and journals and has also published 2 books.

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