Library and Archives Canada has begun adding digitized copies of service files to its database of more than 600,000 men and women who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during World War I as soldiers, nurses and chaplains. When a photocopy or digital copy is requested, the file will be scanned and the digital images added to the database.
Subscription genealogy site Archives.com has provided all 9,000 members of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) a three-month membership. (Those who join NGS during the next six months also can take advantage of this offer.) Archives.com also has added The Dictionary of American Family Names to its databases, letting members look up the origins of more than 70,000 US surnames. Read more about both developments on the Archives.com blog.
As mentioned in yesterdays post about military research, subscription site World Vital Records is making its military records collection free through June 1. Youll find more information in the sites announcement.
This was a fun post on the National Archives blog: The staff compares modern facial hair standards for members of the US Army (only men can have it!) with photos of Civil War US Army officers whose mustaches might get them reprimanded today.