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Tracing Canadian Ancestors in the War of 1812
Canadians united against American forces to defend their country during the War of 1812. Here's how to research your War of 1812 genealogy in Canada.
The United States had designs on conquering Canada during the War of 1812, and assumed it would be an easy task thanks to Loyalist Americans who’d migrated there after the Revolutionary War. Former president Thomas Jefferson is said to have called the conquest “a mere matter of marching.”

But Canada’s English and French residents, local and volunteer militias and Aboriginal peoples united against American forces, galvanizing national pride—and giving the war a more-prominent place in Canadian historical consciousness than in that of her southern neighbors. Learn more about the war in Canada here.
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