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November 9, 2018

1918-2018 – Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Independence Day – #History, #Genealogy

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk, noted by the calendar that this Sunday, 11-November-2018 is a very important centennial. Sunday, marks a very important day in Poland’s history. It’s a time to commemorate not only the end of World War I, as is the case in western Europe on what is known as Armistice Day, but most importantly to Poles, their county’s re-emergence on the map of the world, it is Independence Day!

In America, it’s Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day). There is much to remember: our Veterans who served in war time, Poland’s re-emergence as a European nation on world maps, and to remember the last pandemic (of 1918). We ended WWI with success. We survived the pandemic. But now it appears that Nationalism and a Pandemic are possibilities in the very near future.

This jester would rather celebrate the veterans. Of course, the Polish-American veteran of WWI deserves some special attention. WHY? Because, the Polish diaspora in America found three ways to fight Nationalism:

  1. They enlisted and joined Haller’s Army (aka French Army / Blue Army).
  2. They enlisted to fight in the Canadian Expeditionary Force [Ancestry]
  3. They enlisted or were drafted and fought in the US Army [Transports] / WWI Draft

In the first two cases, the Polish-American soldier was ahead of the patriotic curve in fighting Nationalism. They joined and fought before America ended it’s isolationism. In the third case, they fought side by side with the rest of America against tyranny. It’s now been a hundred years in the War to End All Wars, and we know it did not end tyranny. Oh we ended it in the 1910’s/1920’s, we ended it again in 1940’s  and faced it many more times since.

This jester had ancestors serve in the World War I military all three ways (Haller’s Army, the Canadian Expeditionary Force (Library & Archives of Canada), & the US Army! Find My Past has Free WWI Searches November 9th-12th. Do not forget PAVA (Polish Army Veterans Association of America)  too. Many paths to search for your American heroes!

 

 

April 3, 2017

Polonia In Canadian Expeditionary Forces in WWI — #Genealogy #Polish 🇨🇦🇺🇸

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon



How to find government military records.

If you have a name of an ancestor who may have fought at Vimy , you should start by searching Library and Archives Canada’s online database of Personnel Records of the First World War.

The Personnel Records of the First World War database includes the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service files.

So far (1-April-2017), nearly 417,000 out of 640,000 of these full files have been digitized, with more added every two weeks.

The service files are typically 25 to 75 pages long and include records on enlistment, training, medical and dental procedures, disciplinary actions, payments, medals, discharges and deaths.

In cases where the full service file isn’t yet uploaded, you may still be able see digitized enlistment records that contain birthplaces, next of kin, addresses, religions, trades and physical characteristics.

Start by typing in the surname and hitting search on this page. Click on the name in the search results. You will likely see an uploaded image of their enlistment document that you can click on that to enlarge it.

If you also see the words “Digitized service file – PDF format” followed by a number, click on the number and the entire scanned service file will open. These files are very large so it may require a fast internet connection to download, or take minutes to appear on your screen.

For example, you can see the first nine pages of John Lescinski’s service record (top of blog). In thus case there were forty (40) pages in the accompanying PDF.

It’s not always clear in the service files whether a person served in a particular battle, like at Vimy Ridge. However, that may be found in the online database of War Diaries of the First World War, which include daily accounts of what troops did in the field. These diaries contain very little personal information, but do show where units were deployed.

Take care. It only showed my first two pages with a link to download the PDF (which actually had 40 pages).

My link (John Lescinski):

http://flip.it/hPTIUh

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