Update: CEF Service File Estimates Still on Target

In late December I published an article with My Estimate of when your CEF Service File will be Digitized. Library and Archives Canada has posted two updates since that time, including one earlier today. As of February 15, 2016: 254,296 of 640,000 Canadian First World War service files have been digitized and uploaded to their database where they can be viewed online for free. These currently include soldiers with surnames up to and including Hebert.

My estimate was that LAC would need to digitize and upload 11,300 files a month in order to complete the project by the end of 2018. As would be expected the holiday season resulted in fewer files being uploaded (9005) from mid-December to mid-January. However the project is back on track this month with 13,751 service files being digitized and made available online.

There are approximately 43,400 surnames beginning with “H” (the 5th most numerous) and so it will likely be sometime in May before surnames beginning with “I” make an appearance online. Below you will find the two tables I published in my original article.


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