In Part 1, I gave a brief history of the RCMP and a quick overview of their website. In Part 2, we looked at the LAC\’s RCMP records. For Part 3, we\’ll now take a look at Family Search\’s browse only collection, Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police obituary card index and notices, 1876-2007. To finish off the series, I\’ll supply link to other websites for RCMP research.
Taken from various sources, this collection are digitized images of obituaries and index cards of both active and retired members of the force. In their wiki page, they caution that this is not a complete collection. However, it\’s still worth a look. The collection of over 9,000 images was compiled by retired officer Norman G. Wilson. The information was taken from RCMP books, periodicals, and newsletters. If the publications and newsletter hadn\’t been notified of your ancestor\’s death, then chances are they won\’t be in this collection.
The collection is sorted into these sections:
RCMP obituary card index, 1876-2007, Jacobsen – Striker
RCMP obituary card index, 1876-2007, Stringer – Zubick
Honour roll from S. W. Horrall\’s book, 1876-1971, p. 250-253
The quarterly magazine obituaries, 1980-2005, v. 45-70
The quarterly magazine obituaries, 2006-2007, v. 71-72
- RCMP Graves– this site has an amazing amount of information on RCMP graves and memorials around the world. As an added bonus, there is also a fun section called Highly Mounted RCMP Mysteries. It gives backgrounds on graves with wrong information, found n unusual spots, or just plan missing in some cases. It invites visitors to the website to provide any information they might know to solve the puzzles.
- Saskatchewan Genealogical Society RCMP Index– The Society has compiled an index of all obituaries that appeared in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Quarterly. Alphabetized by surname, the index provides the volume and issue number the obituary appears in.
- Canadiana– As always, make sure you\’re looking into Canadiana when researching. A search using \”RCMP\” gave 215 hits. Using \”NWMP\” gave 374 hits, and \”RNWMP\” gave 640 hits. Using \”Dominion Police\”, including the quotation marks, gave 1364 hits.
- Dictionary of Canadian Biography– This underused resource gives biographies of Canadians from all walks of life. 11 Biographies have mention of \”RCMP\”. Using \”NWMP\” gave 64 biographies. I got no hits using \”RNWMP\”, but I did using \”Dominion Police\”. If using the last one, make sure you use the quotation marks in the search box.