Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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  1. Can I look at War Diaries, Ship's Logs, or RCAF Operations Record Books?
  2. Does DHH have maps I can use?
  3. Does DHH have photographs I can see and copy?
  4. How can I do research at the Directorate of History and Heritage?
  5. How is the Canadian flag folded during a funeral ceremony?
  6. Is there a 20-year rule, or 30-year rule in effect for the declassification of documents?
  7. What Canadian unit was in (town or village in the UK) between (dates) during the Second World War?
  8. Where can I find out about my father's, grandfather's, uncle's, sister's, mother's etc. war service?
  9. Where can I find out about my mother's (my father's etc.) medals?
  10. Why does DHH ask for written/faxed inquiries?

Question

Can I look at War Diaries, Ship's Logs, or RCAF Operations Record Books?

Answer

The original "hard" copies of such files for the First and Second World Wars and for the Korean War, all of which are open, can be found on the Canadian Genealogy Centre web site of the Library and Archives Canada. Microfilm copies of RCAF operations record books are available at the Directorate of History and Heritage. Some army war diaries at the Library and Archives Canada have been microfilmed and are available through Interlibrary Loan at your local public or university library.