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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What is the National Registration File of 1940

Jason asked
"I've heard something about a National Registration in Canada in 1940. Would my ancestors be listed and how do I get hold of the info?"
Olive Tree Answer: Great question Jason! The National Registration File of 1940 is a good census substitute.

This was the registration of all people 16 years of age or olde, from 1940 to 1946. There is a great deal of information on this Registration.

Statistics Canada holds these records and for a fee they will search on your behalf. See the explanation with a link to an online order form

Questions asked on the form sent to households were:

date of birth
conjugal status
country of birth (persons registered and parents only)
racial origin
general health
class of occupation
occupation or craft
employment status
work experience by type
mechanical or other abilities
latent skills
wartime circumstances
previous military service

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