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This month, we are pleased to highlight some of Fold3’s newest Canadian records!

Fenian Raids Bounty Lists: The Fenian Brotherhood was a fraternal organization committed to the establishment of an independent Irish Republic, free from British rule. Though the call for independence had been ongoing for years, the Irish potato famine reenergized the movement. Many believed the British indifference to the famine was purposeful, and even an act of genocide. A brotherhood formed that was actually a predecessor to the modern Irish Republican Army (IRA).

Between 1866-1871, the Fenians launched a series of armed incursions in Canada. They were meant to put pressure on Britain to withdraw from Ireland. The incursions were put down by government forces but resulted in loss of life on both sides.

The raids took place at Campobello Island, New Brunswick; Ridgeway, Ontario; along the Quebec/US border at Eccles Hill and Huntingdon; and in 1871, an attempt was made to invade the province of Manitoba.

To combat the Fenian threat, the Canadian Militia in Ontario and Quebec were called out several times, usually for just a few days at a time. Later, the Canadian government decided that those who were called up in defense of Canada would be provided a grant or bounty of $100 upon application. This collection contains the names of those who applied for this bounty along with related pensions for those who were wounded, sick, or killed in active duty. The collection is organized in alphabetical order.

WWI Canadian Soldiers: We have updated our collection of records for members of the WWI Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF). The CEF consisted of about 630,000 Canadians who enlisted between 1914-1918. They served as soldiers, nurses, doctors, and forestry and railway crews. More than 234,000 were wounded or killed while in service.

This collection contains service files from the original records at the Library and Archives of Canada. Each service file contains the soldier’s name, regiment, unit, and HQ file number, along with service file documents. The service file documents (as many as 24 pages for some soldiers) contain things like medical records, dental history, distinguishing physical characteristics, medal forms, and in some cases, photographs. The collection is organized alphabetically.

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  1. Who is this is this have something to do with my family my name is Patricia Hayes my birthday is November 17 1959

  2. Patricia Hayes says:

    No I can’t read very well

  3. Pat M. says:

    The only records that I might be interested in are Canadian records. I subscribe to this service and I cannot access Canadian records without paying an additional fee!!!

    • Sue says:

      You can look at them for free by going to google and keying in.Canadian Expeditionary Forces. It will take you to rhe National Archives of Canada.

  4. tammy casciano says:

    What is THIS? and how does it pertain to ME? and Patricia Hayes? Who is just as confused as I am with her comments above…I am with You Patricia this is stupid and why are they sending this to our emails taking up space and making us look at it, I feel its a waste of our time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ONLY SEND WHAT PERTAINS TO OUR FAMILIES>>

    • ADAM ROACH says:

      How are they supposed to know what does and does not apply to yours or anyone else’s family? They make as much info as possible to as many people as possible and announce when new info is via bulk email. Would you rather it be hit-and-miss by contacting to various archives yourself – many of which are closed to the public or no longer in existence at all or sit in front of your computer, all of that back-breaking research done for you? You always have the option of opting out of any bulk email address file and will never hear from them ever again, if you so choose…. or did you not know this?

    • Joan says:

      You can always cancel your membership to Fold3!

  5. Steve Sertell says:

    And I’m in total agreement with Patricia and Tammy. This is indeed stupid.

  6. Diane Watters says:

    While this probably doesn’t apply to me, I appreciate the notification of this added resource.

  7. Carolyn Dean says:

    I appreciate all notifications wether they apply to me or not. In fact I believe I signed up to receive them. I’m glad to see that Fold 3 continues to add new records. You can simply unsubscribe if you don’t want these notifications any more.

  8. I have in my family history, family members who migrated from the Colonies to Canada during the mid 1700’s. There was a significant number of New England Colonist who were loyal to England. To avoid living in an ever increasing contentious neighbor to neighbor stiff over the matter, this immigrant group became known as Loyalist and I am sure were most welcomed to Canada. So, I for one appreciate Fold3 in expanding its data base as stated in this recent announcement.

  9. I have in my history relatives who migrated to Canada, known as Loyalist. In my case, the fled to Canada to avoid the political striffe between those wanting separation from England and those loyal to England. My relative migrated, with his wife and one son in 1767, and I am sure they were welcomed. So, THANKS to Fold3 to this recent expansion, a great added resource!

  10. Linda says:

    Thank you Fold3 for this information. An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy. Do not spurn these artifacts. We are fortunate to have them available to all of us so that we may be more than merely the space we occupy.

  11. Edwin Lawson says:

    Thanks for this new addition. We have been waiting for files like this,

  12. Jim Alderdice says:

    When doing research you never know where you will find a single little clue that will open up new perspectives on your family history. That’s why they call it research.

    You have access to a ‘library’ of records and you take out the ‘books’ that will be of the most help or interest to you.

    If you want only information on your particular lines and don’t want to see anything else then you probably will be more satisfied hiring a professional genealogist to do the research for you.

  13. Fold3 is a ‘new’ service offered by Ancestry. I hope that it helps out with a “break” in my tree. I theorize that my family may have migrated from Canada. Considering the enormous amounts of money Ancestry takes from us. We should accept very vital, and important information, and be grateful.

  14. Glen McLeod says:

    Thank you, Fold3, for adding this to your records and advising us all by group email. My maternal grandmother’s family lived in SW Ontario (mainland) before moving to Pelee Island, and in my memory my great-aunt (1895-1996), spoke of the involvement of both her grandfathers in the Fenian Raids. Their surnames were Graham and Watt.

  15. Kathy F says:

    I don’t know if this information involves my relatives or not (yet), but I had no idea of this piece of history and found it very interesting! Most of the notices I have received from Fold3 haven’t affected my family trees, but it adds a little more perspective in what was going on at the time of immigration movements and makes for an interesting read.

  16. Carolyn King says:

    I got interested when the Pre-IRA organization was mentioned. The Fenians assassinated my great great grandfather, Major John Wingfield King, in Sligo Ireland in 1868.
    So this was the kind of information I am excited to receive.
    I wish my father was still around for me to show this to.

  17. Mary Lucas says:

    THis is very interesting since I think my great grandfather was a Finnian in Ireland. He may have been on of those who planned the attack on Canada. But I would love to know if it is possible to research any Finnina records or are those so private or non existent???

  18. Suzie says:

    Suzie Snow

    Hi how are you doing everybody,I agree with most of you ,this is nice ,very nice and it’s free lol .
    You can’t beat that and if you’re interested in Military History then ,you’ll keep yourself occupied ,you’ll feel more fulfilled and accomplished then hiring someone to tell you something you can find out yourself by googling it and researching your own family names.

    Thanks,Fold 3

  19. Leona Luckett says:

    If you have any Irish in your heritage, I would want to check there to see if I could find some type of a link to my past. I am going to try.

  20. Thank you for adding to my list of resources as I work on putting my ancestry in to a more accurate accounting that I will pass on to my family. Our Canadian family connections have been established for some time, but it will be interesting to add documentation that might otherwise have been unattainable for me.

  21. Henri says:

    I appreciate receiving all your notifications whether or not I think they apply to my family. My dad’s family did come through Canada and I know so little about their history. Thanks for your constant updates.

  22. Joan says:

    What Fold3 gives us is fantastic information that to most of us is impossible to find or locate. On the computers at my local library I found free access to Ancestry and Fold3. In Fold3, I typed in my 3rd great-grandfather’s name and hit the jackpot! His War of 1812 Pension Records were there along with his 3rd wife’s fight for his pension. She had to prove that the other wives were deceased. Listed were the 1st and 2nd wives maiden names along with her 1st husband’s name and when she was married to this husband. I would not have found this information except for Fold3! Thank you Fold3.