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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Clues Galore in Ships Passenger Lists

Judith's Question:
I am trying to locate any information on my grandmother. Her name was Lucy Williams nee Dance. She married my grandfather who was a Canadian soldier WW1 in 1917. Grandfather name Alfred Williams Military ID 23327 date of birth May 23,1891. My father was born in England Sept 27,1917 record of birth at Somerset House London # P.S.R 7973/46. My grandmother did come to Canada sometime after my father was born. She died in or around Montreal Quebec in November 1919. This is all the information I have on her. My father was only 2 when she passed and had no other information. Everyone who might have had information have also passed

OLIVE TREE ANSWER: Hello Judith, Not having your father's name made this a bit difficult but I managed to find him.

The CEF database online shows your grandfather as

Name: Alfred Allen Williams
Residence: Cookshire, Quebec, Canada
Birth Date: 23 May 1891
Birth Location: Rowley, Massachusetts, United States of America
Relative: Mrs W A Williams
Relationship: Mother. same addy
Regiment Number: 23327

He is a steel worker, single man, and transferred to the PPCLI (Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, which co-incidentally is the unit my son was first assigned to as an Infantry soldier)

On 25 march 1916 Alfred enlisted Sherbrook Quebec. If you have not sent for his full file you should do so. The online records are only the front and back of the one page Attestation Papers.

Next step was a quick look in Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 found on Ancestry.com. There I found your father Dudley travelling with his mother, Lucy A. age 20, who was going to Cookshead Quebec with her husband, a returning soldier

Name: Dudley Williams
Age: 1
Date of Arrival: 28 Jan 1919
Vessel: Megantic
Port of Arrival: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Roll: T-14794

So by checking ships passenger lists we have an exact date of arrival for your grandmother - 28 January 1919.

In order to find more information (hopefully a death or burial record) for your grandmother after her arrival in Quebec in January 1919, I suggest you visit Quebec & Eastern Townships Genealogy Research page and search for her. I received 8 "hits" for Lucy and Lucy Ann Williams for census, church and cemetery records.

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