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War of 1812: Miscellaneous Records

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About the records

The year 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, which took place from June 18, 1812, to February 16, 1815. During this period of conflict between the United States and Great Britain, many military events occurred on Canadian soil. To learn more about the War of 1812, we invite you to read the historical overview.

Library and Archives Canada holds a vast and unique collection of records related to the Canadian men and women who were involved in the War of 1812.   It consists mainly of muster rolls, paylists, claims, certificates of service, and medal registers. Please note that, except for the South African War, personnel records for the Canadian military were not created before the First World War

Some key players of the War of 1812 left personal papers and diaries, recollections of battles and correspondence. Library and Archives Canada holds such documents that are sparse in multiple collections. The documents available on microfilms have been digitized and are now accessible through this tool.

How the records are arranged on the microfilm reels

The microfilm reels have been digitized and the images appear in the same order as on the microfilm reels. You can browse through the images as you would through a microfilm reel. You can move through the images one by one, or skip ahead by entering a new page number in the page navigation box. The records are not searchable by name.

List of content of microfilm reels

Microfilm Fonds Subject
C-1224 Records from western posts
(RG 10 A3d)
Vol. 1836-1837: Records relating to the management of Indian Affairs by various commanders at Detroit, Michilimackinac and other western posts, 1771-1855.
C-2226 Gordon Drummond
(MG 24 A41)
Letterbook from Drummond to Sir George Prevost or his military secretary, Captain Noah Freer, dated 19 November 1813 to 31 December 1814.
John Galt
(MG 24 I4)
Correspondence relating to the payment of claims for losses during the War of 1812.
C-10337 King-Stewart family
(MG 24 II82)
Petition to George, Prince of Wales, by the Master and Crew of the Liverpool Packet to have their Commission as Privateers honoured during the War of 1812.
C-12650 Indian and Inuit Affairs Program
(RG 10)
Vol. 1951, file 4430: Correspondence relating to the Indian Veterans of the War of 1812
H-1209 Stephen Sewell
(MG 24 B169)
Diary kept by Stephen Sewell while acting as secretary to the Boundary Commissioner John Ogilvy, 10 May to 6 September 1817. Comments concerning the locality, population, flora and fauna of the St. Lawrence River basin.
Johann Ludwig Tiarks
(MG 24 H64)
Private and official correspondence including copies of correspondence with the Foreign Office and the Boundary Commission, 1810-1837; reports, accounts and related papers of the Boundary Commission and the arbitration, 1817-1834.
William Stewart and family
(MG 24 D101)
Newspaper clipping book kept by Lieutenant-Colonel John Macpherson, which preserves various Southern Ontario newspaper articles of 1857 regarding veterans of the War of 1812.
Sir John Harvey
(MG 24 A17)
District general orders issued by Sir John Harvey, transcript, 1813-1814.
H-1574 Charles Gavan Power
(MG 27 IIIB19)
Scrapbook, containing memoranda and memorabilia, 1760, 1812-1820.
Salaberry Family
(MG 24 G45)
Correspondence; Commissions and certificates; Baptism, marriage and burial records; notarial records; papers regarding the Duke of Kent. Reel H-1659: Vol. 1, pp.394-397 – Charles de Salaberry to Col. Baynes respecting the action of 26 October 1813 in the Chateauguay River dated 1 November 1813.
H-1664 James Pringle
(MG 24 I29)
Journal, correspondence, notebooks and papers relating to Captain Pringle's military career in the 81st Regiment of Infantry and the Cornwall militia, as well as his work as Clerk of the Land Board for the Eastern District of Upper Canada.
H-1956 William Moodie Bell
(MG 24 F3)
Correspondence, 1772, 1800-1836, and letterbook, 1804-1838.

Please note that spelling variations of names were common before the mid-1900s. Many names were written phonetically, as they sounded to the person recording them.

For more information about these documents relating to the War of 1812, consult the archival descriptions in Archives Search, using the MIKAN number provided in the above list.

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Other archival military records exist. Consult our Genealogy and Family History page on What to Search - Topics: Military for more information about those records.