Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ancestry.ca Launches New Ottawa, Beechwood Cemetery Registers 1873-1990


   Few Canadian cemeteries are as decorated as Ottawa's Beechwood National Cemetery. Located in our nation's capital, Beechwood is one of only four cemeteries in Canada to be recognized as a National Historic Site. In 2009 it was named the National Cemetery of Canada.
So why all the fuss? Beechwood is the final resting place of remarkable Canadians such as Tommy Douglas, the former Premier of Saskatchewan and father of Canada's health care system; Sir Robert Borden, Canada's eighth Prime Minister; actress Ida Van Cortland Tavernier; and the inventor of organized hockey, James G.A. Creighton. Alongside these important individuals are statesmen, historical figures, sports greats, veterans and fallen soldiers from the Riel Rebellion in 1885 through to the First World War.
Beyond the notable Canadian figures at Beechwood, this picturesque cemetery is also home to local citizens including members of the Chinese and French-Canadian communities of Ottawa. The collection is a wealth of information that can possibly connect your family tree to a fallen soldier in the Veterans or Commonwealth War Graves sections of the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces. The collection includes 115,000 names including residence, occupation, cause of death and relationships to relatives or friends. Take a step back in time and connect with some of Canada's most extraordinary individuals in our newly released Ottawa Beechwood Cemetery Registers, 1873-1990, now available online at Ancestry.ca.