Terry Schwan

Using the National Registration of 1940 to Breakdown Genealogical Barriers

Do you have a hard time finding extended family members living during the Second World War? The National Registration of 1940 provides an alternative to census records. The Registration resulted from the compulsory registration of all adults in Canada from 1940 to 1946. This information was originally obtained to permit the mobilization of all the human and material resources for the purpose of the defence and security of Canada. The records are in the custody of Statistics Canada so they are subject to the Privacy Act. When a person has been dead for more than twenty years, the information is no longer considered to be personal and can be disclosed. A proof that the individual has been deceased for more than twenty years is requested. If 110 years have passed since the date of birth evidence of this is sufficient. The Registration included all persons who were sixteen years of age or older, except for members of the armed forces and religious orders, or those confined to an institution. The questionnaires include many personal details as well as immigration information, racial origin, languages, education, general health, occupation, employment status, farming or mechanical skills, and previous military service. A fee is required for each successful search.

Terry will explain how to use the Registration and what information is collected. He will also describe his personal experience using the Registration to move forward successfully in his genealogical research.